It’s official. Our worst Doctor Who fears have been realized. David Tennant is vacating the TARDIS after filming four more specials, to air in 2009 and early 2010. That’s right, we’ve got this year’s Christmas special (airing in the U.K. on Dec. 25), followed by four more specials and then that’s it. Five measly hours before we have to say goodbye to our favorite Doctor.
And just so there would be no denying the cold, hard truth, Tennant made the announcement himself, during his acceptance speech at Britain’s National Television Awards.
“I love this part,” Tennant said, speaking via satellite from the stage door of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre, where he was literally in the middle of a performance of Hamlet (well, in the middle of intermission). “And I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the TARDIS in my bath chair.”
Tennant has cunningly timed his departure to coincide with the end of executive producer Russell T Davies’ tenure at the helm of Who. In a BBC statement he says that he “always thought the time to leave would be in conjunction with Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner who have been such a huge part of it all for me. Steven Moffat is the most brilliant and exciting writer, the only possible successor to Russell and it was sorely tempting to be part of his amazing new plans for the show. I will be there, glued to my TV when his stories begin in 2010.”
I suppose congratulations are in order for, you know, winning the NTA awards and all, but it’s hard to get excited about much of anything now that our Doctor Who hearts have been broken.
If anyone needs us, we’ll be curled up in the corner watching “Journey’s End” on a continuous loop and weeping uncontrollably.