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Webnews article: Tennant quits as Doctor Who [Nov. 2nd, 2008|05:00 am]
You have to be careful making any announcements concerning the Doctor Who series because the series owners have always made a practice of luring the public in one direction while they actually make plans going another way. However below is the link and the article text.

Although I don't watch the modern series of Doctor Who, because I regard their scripts as pathetic, I've always held the opinion that David Tennant was an excellent performer in the role (and I thought that Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) was a very apt companion to the Doctor). There had been talk that the current producer Russel T. Davies would be leaving, and I'd hoped to see Tennant working under different guidelines because the influence of the series producer makes an overwhelming difference to the format of the series.

Fans of the original (aka "classic") Doctor Who series will know what I'm talking about if they're familiar with the seasons produced by Barry Letts, Philip Hinchcliffe, Graham Williams and John Nathan-Turner back in the 70's & 80's. John Nathan-Turner I regard as the producer who took the series in the wrong direction (an opinion that is also held by the 4th Doctor Tom Baker and his then co-star Lalla Ward) with his dark and twisted sense of humour, and absurd sociologial themes, much of which I believe has continued into the modern series.



Article text:

David Tennant will take his last trip in the Tardis as Doctor Who next year after deciding to quit the hit TV show.

The British actor has announced he will no longer play the Timelord after he finishes filming four more special episodes due to be screened in the UK next year and in early 2010.

Tennant, 37, is the 10th actor to play the role and has been hugely popular with fans of the long-running BBC sci-fi drama.

"When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won't be with me," Tennant said in a video message to the crowd at National TV Awards in London where he won the outstanding drama performance prize.

"The 2009 shows will be my last. I love this show and if I don't take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will and you'll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair."

Bookmakers are already taking bets on who will replace Tennant as the Doctor, with Cold Feet star James Nesbitt, Life on Mars' John Simm and fellow British actors Paterson Joseph and David Morrisey the favourites.

Tennant went on his first inter-galactic adventure in the Tardis when he took over the role in 2005 from Christopher Eccleston, who starred as the Timelord when the BBC resurrected the show after a 16-year break.

In the last episode, fans were left wondering if Tennant would return in the role after the Doctor defeated his enemies the Daleks to save the universe and then began to regenerate but did not complete the process.

Tennant will appear in a Christmas special, titled The Next Doctor, before filming his final four special episodes in January.

Russell T Davies, the show's long-time executive producer and writer, said fans could expect a spectacular end to Tennant's time as the Doctor.

"I've been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years - and it's not over yet, the tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left," he told the BBC.

"After which, I might drop an anvil on his head.

"Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano. But we're planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching."

Tennant's replacement will star in the fifth series of the show which has been scheduled for 2010.