It’s official…David Tennant has announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who following the filming of four specials in 2009. After three and a half years, Tennant will say goodbye to the TARDIS.
Rumors have been circulating for months regarding Tennant’s possible departure from the BBC program but now it’s been confirmed. You can check out his official announcement, made while accepting the award for Outstanding Drama Performance at National Television Awards, here. Tennant was quoted by the BBC as saying,
“I’ve had the most brilliant, bewildering and life changing time working on Doctor Who. I have loved every day of it. It would be very easy to cling on to the TARDIS console forever and I fear that if I don’t take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will. You would be prising the TARDIS key out of my cold dead hand. This show has been so special to me, I don’t want to outstay my welcome.”
The start of the fifth season of Doctor Who will bring many changes. First and foremost, a new Doctor. Also, Russell T Davies will be turning over helm of the program to Steven Moffat. Questions abound on the direction the show will take. And now, even more questions linger in the air as to who will take on the role of Eleventh Doctor. Since the final four specials featuring Tennant will air in 2009, and season 5 not beginning until the following, it will be sometime before his successor will actually take the role of the Doctor.
I, personally, am sad to see David Tennant go. I was initially resistant to his portrayal of Doctor Who but I have grown to love his trademark mixture of impish playfulness and haunted melancholy. The new Doctor will have some big shoes to fill, in my opinion. And so, it is with a sad heart that I say goodbye to the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. To paraphrase the Master, “A cosmos without David Tennant as the Doctor scarcely bares thinking about.” But somehow, we must manage.