The BBC has confirmed that David Tennant, star of the hugely popular sci-fi series Doctor Who, will leave the show after the broadcast of four specials throughout 2009.
In an exclusive interview, the actor stated:
I think it's better to go when there's a chance that people might miss you, rather than to hang around and outstay your welcome.
He took over the role in 2005, following Christopher Eccleston's departure at the close of the first season of the revival of the classic series. Tennant has steered the series to great success, with the final episode of last season watched by almost 10 million viewers in the UK.
At the close of the fourth season last July, it was announced that the series would go on hiatus for 2009, with only five specials being broadcast before the series returns in 2010 for a full fifth season. The specials also mark the end of Russell T. Davies' involvement with the series as well. Davies had been the driving creative force and executive producer of the series since its revival, and will leave at the same time as Tennant.
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