Who’s That New ‘Dr. Who?’

The BBC’s cult time-travel series Doctor Who has found their new Doctor. Problem is, no one knows WHO he is. Not yet, anyway.

Matt Smith, a virtual unknown, has been named as the 11th actor to portray The Doctor, according to the BBC News. Viewers will begin seeing Smith in 2010, when he replaces David Tennant (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), who announced his intentions to leave the show in October.

“As soon as Matt walked through the door, and blew us away with a bold and brand new take on the Time Lord, we knew we had our man,” executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat told BBC News. “2010 is a long time away, but rest assured the 11th Doctor is coming — and the universe has never been so safe.”

Smith, 26 — best known for co-starring in the BBC political series Party Animals and on stage in The History Boys — is the youngest to every fill the Doctor’s shoes. Smith is believed to have beat out heavy competition from bigger names such as John Simm and David Morrissey. As well, his casting has squashed rumors that the Doctor would be played by a woman for the first time, with names such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Saunders being tossed around, TVGuide.com reports.

Click here to watch an interview with Smith and his reaction to getting the job.

Smith will begin shooting this summer. Tennant, recovering from recent back surgery, will film four specials that will air in 2009 before taking his final bow.