New Dr Who Is a Cracker; after All the Speculation, BBC Reveals the Latest Face of the Time Lord
DOCTOR Who is to return to the screen with Christopher Eccleston in the title role.
The actor, who starred alongside Robbie Coltrane in Cracker as DCI Billborough, will make his debut as the Time Lord next year.
The revelation puts an end to months of speculation over who would land the plum role.
The BBC said the 40-year-old, who is thought to be signing a [pounds sterling]1million deal, will take the doctor into the 21st century in a 'fresh and modern approach'.
Salford-born Eccleston, who also starred in the movie thriller Shallow Grave and the period drama The Others with Nicole Kidman, has agreed to a threeyear stint in the Tardis.
Executive producer and scriptwriter Russell T Davies said: 'We considered many great actors for this wonderful part, but Christopher was our first choice.
'This man can give the Doctor a wisdom, wit and emotional range as far-reaching as the Doctor's travels in time and space.' His high praise was echoed by Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning.
She said: 'We are delighted to have cast an actor of such calibre in one of British television's most iconic roles. …