The next Doctor is younger than Peter Davison when cast--and was born during his tenure on Doctor Who.
The Doctor Who Confidential "The Ten Doctors" was a fake title to conceal that the January 3rd special was instead intended to introduce the next actor to play the Doctor. In any case the news apparently leaked on the BBC site during the show. Smith has played alongside Billie Piper in Ruby in the Smoke, and may be seen currently on ABC in Party Animals.
Interesting choice, although I haven't seen him in anything.
I guess given that Hartnell was the oldest someone had to be the youngest.
A young Doctor isn't necessarily a bad thing - it's the script that counts more than anything else.
Though given he's on the youthful side perhaps a much older companion would be in order?
I could see a nice role reversal happening with the older companion making sure the young Doctor doesn't get into too many scrapes....
I laughed when I saw the shortlist in the Sunday Mail. As usual the press believed any old story and incorrectly assumed it would go to either a black man or a woman - the sort of publicity stunt JNT used to do.
It seems the more famous the actor, the less chance they have of taking over the role.
I think getting a mostly unknown actor is the right way to go - no pre-conceived ideas and gives him the chance to fully develop his persona without the glaze of biased pre-conceptions.
Well they were unkown to us. William Hartnell was well known Jon Pertwee was well known Peter davison was well known Paul McGann was well known The rest were unknown to me and most Australians. I do not know if they were well known in the UK or not, thou as i understand David Tennant was getting to be well known in the UK before the Doctor came calling. It seems to me that they are only going for young people for the young audience figures. The young actors they have got so far have worked out well. Because of this I am not against having younger actors, just I think they are limiting themselves by not looking at older actors (To me I say 35 and over are older not old actors.)