The 11th actor to fill the time-traveling phone booth on the BBC's Doctor Who has been named. Replacing the popular David Tennant, will be a virtual unknown by the name of Matt Smith. At 26, he will be the youngest incarnation of the good Doctor thus far. The announcement settles rumors that went so far as to speculate that Catherine Zeta-Jones would be taking the role as the first female "Who." According to the BBC's Piers Wenger:
"It was abundantly clear that he had that 'Doctor-ness' about him. You are either the Doctor or you are not. It's just the beginning of the journey for Matt."
Coincidences are aplenty here, as Smith actually made his TV debut in the BBC drama The Ruby in the Smoke, with former "Who" sidekick Billie Piper, and later appeared in an episode of Piper's TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl (you know, one of those "randy" British trash shows that contain a plethora of accents, almost making you feel like you were watching something cultured and tasteful, when it is really just one step above the "I had a sex change to marry my gay sister" episodes of Jerry Springer.)
Smith will join a historic lineage of actors who have portrayed the cult favorite time lord. It will be interesting to see if this newcomer is up to the task. According to him:
"David Tennant has made the role his own, brilliantly, with grace, talent and persistent dedication. I hope to learn from the standards set by him. The challenge for me is to do justice to the show's illustrious past, my predecessors, and most importantly, to those who watch it. I really cannot wait."
Smith will debut in the role sometime in 2010.