26-year-old Matt Smith is set to take over the role of ‘The Doctor’ from David Tennant’s acclaimed three-season run when the fifth season of the rebooted “Doctor Who” commences in 2010 says The BBC.
At 26, Smith is the youngest actor to ever take on the role – three years younger than Peter Davison when he signed up to play the fifth Doctor in 1981. Smith was cast over Christmas and will begin filming for the fifth series of Doctor Who in the summer.
Smith’s short career so far has included starring alongside former Who companion Billie Piper in “The Ruby in the Smoke”, appeared on dramas like “Party Animals” and “The Street”, and had a stage turn in Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play “The History Boys”. He beat out long rumored and more well-known favorites like Patterson Joseph and James Nesbitt for the role.
Tennant will remain in the role of ‘The Doctor’ through the filming of four specials in 2009. It’s generally expected his tenth incarnation of The Doctor will undergo a regeneration in the last of the specials to become Smith’s younger eleventh version. The next ‘Who’ special is scheduled to air at Easter.