Update: BBC Names Their Eleventh Doctor Who

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During a “Dr. Who Confidential” special shown on the BBC in the UK, the identity of the eleventh actor to play Doctor Who, the popular time-traveling character who first debuted on British television over 45 years ago, was revealed… and it is 26-year-old Matt Smith!

Having appeared in a number of previous short-lived shows like “Party Animals” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” Smith is set to debut in the fifth new season since the character’s resurrection in 2005, filming over the summer for its launch in 2010. Smith follows a five-year run as the character by David Tennant, who will continue to appear as the character in a number of upcoming interim specials over the next year.

UPDATE: You can now see Smith’s reaction to his casting here.