Who No More

     October 30, 2008

Written by Cal Kemp

The Times Online reports some sad news for Doctor Who fans; David Tennant will be turning in his sonic screwdriver at the end of next year.

Tennant himself broke the news last night during the National Television Awards, where he said:

“When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me. Now don’t make me cry. The 2009 shows will be my last playing the doctor.

Tennant, who joined the series in 2005, is the tenth actor to play the Doctor (not counting fuzzy calculations that might include Peter Cushing or Richard Hurndall) and took over the newly revitalized series after a single season with Christopher Eccleston in the lead.

Currently on hiatus due to Tennant’s commitments to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Doctor Who will air throughout the next year as a series of five specials, rather than a full season and is set to return in 2010 with a more regular schedule.

As was previously announced, showrunner Russell T Davies will depart as well, turning the reigns over to Steven Moffat, a fan-favorite writer since 2004.

The inimitable Rich Johnston over at Comic Book Resources’ Lying in the Gutters has, for weeks, been reporting on rumors of Tennant’s replacement and the news that his departure is official should lend some extra credence to Johnston‘s rumors. The favorite, as he reports it, is to have Paterson Joseph become the 11th Doctor, which would mark the first non-white actor to take the role.

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