Date: 30th October 2008

David Tennant quits as Doctor Who

Actor David Tennant will quit his role as Doctor Who next year.

The star has decided to step down as the Time Lord after filming wraps on four TV specials of the cult sci-fi show, due to be screened in late 2009 and 2010.

Tennant announced his departure on Wednesday night during the National TV Awards in London.

"When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won't be with me," he said.

"Now don't make me cry," he added. "I love this part, 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.I'll miss it"

Source: Press Release