The BBC have responded to the days and days of claims and rumours that were set in motion by David Tennant's announcement at the National Television Awards that he would no longer star in the show in 2010.
A decision about David Tennant's replacement will not be made until early next year, says BBC.
The BBC today dispelled rumours that James Bond actor Colin Salmon could be the next Doctor Who. A variety of stars have been rumoured for the role since David Tennant announced his departure last week. Speaking to TV.com today, a BBC spokesperson dismissed these reports, saying that, "a decision [about Tennant's replacement] won't be made until way into next year."
Speculation has been rife as to who will become the eleventh Doctor and this morning, British newspaper The Sun reported that Colin Salmon, who previously starred as Dr Moon in the popular sci-fi show, was in talks with the BBC to be the next Doctor. The BBC spokesperson told TV.com, however, that they are "not confirming this at all." So far those tipped to be the eleventh Time Lord include Tom Ellis, Joanna Lumley, Lenny Henry, Billie Piper, and Stephen Fry.
David Tennant, who first appeared on Doctor Who in 2005, announced his departure by live video link at this year's National Television Awards, saying, "When Doctor Who returns in 2010, it won't be with me." The BBC confirmed that Tennant "will continue to play The Doctor in the four specials that will make up the 2009 series, before a new Doctor takes over for Series 5."
"I'm still the Doctor all next year but when the time finally comes I'll be honoured to hand on the best job in the world to the next lucky git--whoever that may be," Tennant said at the NTAs.
Tennant will also make a guest appearance as the Time Lord on next week's Children in Need charity appeal on the BBC and will star in Doctor Who's Christmas special next month.