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Eccleston is great! I hope the new guy is too!

BBC Confirms New ‘Doctor Who’
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) Although Christopher Eccleston’s first season as the star of “Dr. Who” is drumming up huge audiences on The BCC, the popular sci fi franchise has already moved forward. The BCC has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in fandom, announcing that David Tennant will be the 10th actor to star in “Doctor Who.”
“Christopher Eccleston has given an exceptional performance as the ninth Doctor,” Julie Gardner, BBC head of drama, Wales says. “David Tennant is a great actor who will build on the excellent work already done by Christopher in establishing ‘Doctor Who’ for a new generation.”
Tennant and Eccleston appeared together in Michael Winterbottom’s 1996 adaptation of “Jude.” The Scottish actor is a British television veteran, but he’s probably an unknown to American viewers who haven’t caught his performances in features including “Bright Young Things.”
“I am delighted, excited and honored to be the tenth Doctor,” Tennant says. “I grew up loving ‘Doctor Who’ and it has been a lifelong dream to get my very own Tardis. Russell T. Davies is one of the best writers television has ever had, and I’m chuffed to bits to get the opportunity to work with him again. I’m also really looking forward to working with Billie Piper who is so great as Rose.”
Clearly, many parts of that statement make more sense if you’re British or a “Doctor Who” fan. Davies, writer and executive producer on the most recent “Who” is also, um, chuffed.
“Christopher Eccelston’s wonderful Doctor has reinvented the role, so that it now appeals to the best actors in the land,” Davies says. “I’m already writing David’s first new adventure on board the Tardis. Regeneration is a huge part of the program’s mythology, and I’m delighted that new, young viewers can now have the complete ‘Doctor Who’ experience, as they witness their hero change his face.”