The rumors about whether or not David Tennent will be leaving Doctor Who can now cease. BBC has confirmed that the actor will indeed be leaving the series at the end of the 2009 specials.
Tennant made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards.
“When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me,” he said. “Now don’t make me cry,” he added. “I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair.” ‘I’ll miss it’
In an exclusive interview with BBC,Tennant said that three years was “about the right time” to play the role.
“I think it’s better to go when there’s a chance that people might miss you, rather than to hang around and outstay your welcome,” he said.
Russel T. Davies, the show’s executive producer who will be stepping down as showrunner when the fifth season returns in 2010, said the following about Tennant stepping down:
“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! “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.”
Steven Moffat takes over as show-runner for the fifth season in 2010. BBC has not announced who will replace Tennant, but rumors are swirling around the net that has Paterson Joseph as a possible replacement. Others rumored include David Morrisey, James Nesbitt and John Simm.
I am terribly saddened by this, but my only ray of hope is that I can cling to the remote possibility that John Simm could be The Doctor. It seems far fetched as he was The Master, but, wouldn't that make is more interesting? Plus he is dreamy... not David Tennent dreamy, but Life on Mars dreamy is good enough for me! I vote down David Morrisey, Paterson Joseph and James Nesbitt for their lack of dreaminess.
Russell T. Davies is a bit sad to see go as well as it will change the dynamic of the show greatly, but this may be a good thing... time will tell. Many of Russell's episodes (that he wrote) are rather silly and outlandish (flatulent aliens who wear humans as suits, anyone?) So it could take on a more serious and possibly singular-plot driven show. Again, time will tell... if only the Doctor were here, he'd know what's going to happen.