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Matt Smith named new Doctor Who

Stage actor Matt Smith has been named as the latest Doctor Who. The 26-year-old will become the 11th and youngest ever Time Lord when he takes over from David Tennant in 2010.

The casting of the relatively unknown Smith as the Doctor will have come as a big surprise to both commentators and fans. James Nesbitt and John Simms were considered the favourites for the job and there were also rumours that Catherine Zeta Jones was set to become the first female Time Lord.

But Smith got the nod after impressing during auditions and will be handed the keys of the Tardis by Tennant at the end of the year. The young actor told reporters that he understands the iconic nature of the character and will try and live up to those who went before 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."

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