New Dr Who Actor Named

New Dr Who Actor Named Eccleston is new Doctor Who

Shallow Grave actor Christopher Eccleston has been named as the new Doctor Who to front the cult BBC sci-fi show when it returns next year.

Eccleston, who starred alongside Nicole Kidman in the horror movie The Others, will be the ninth TV Time Lord to control the Tardis in a 13-part series. …

Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: “We are delighted to have cast an actor of such calibre in one of British television's most iconic roles.

“It signals our intention to take Doctor Who into the 21st century, as well as retaining its core traditional values – to be surprising, edgy and eccentric.”

Executive producer and writer Russell T Davies said: “Christopher was our first choice.

“His casting raises the bar for all of us. It's going to be a magnificent, epic, entertaining journey, and I can't wait to start.”

The hugely-popular Doctor Who show ran for 26 years from 1963 and the new series will be filmed in Cardiff later this year.  [BBC News via Slashdot]

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