An eleventh Doctor Who has been chosen to replace number ten David Tennant on the long running sci fi program of the same name. And according to Variety, Matt Smith is the surprise successor to the TV Time Lord's thrown. He is the youngest actor to ever play the character, and he will premier his take on the iconic scarf wearing Brit when the series returns in 2010.

The BBC ended months of speculation by announcing Smith as the new Doctor Who on Saturday. At one point, Catherine Zeta Jones was thought to be taking over the role. Smith's addition to the program was made public during the BBC special Doctor Who Confidential - The Eleventh Doctor, which was broadcast via seventeen giant screens in city centers around the U.K.

The BBC's Piers Wenger stated that he, ""Knew Smith was the one from the moment I saw him audition. It was abundantly clear that he had that 'Doctor-ness' about him. You are either the Doctor or you are not. It's just the beginning of the journey for Matt. With Steven Moffat's scripts and the expertise of the production team in Cardiff behind him, there is no one more perfect to be taking the Tardis to exciting new futures when the series returns in 2010."

The new season of Doctor Who will bow in the United States shortly after its run in the UK, sometime in late 2010 or early 2011.

B. Alan Orange