Doctor Who fifth series delayed

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  • Doctor Who fifth series delayed until 2010 in bid to keep star David Tennant

    The fifth series of Doctor Who will be delayed until 2010 in a bid to keep its star David Tennant.

    The Time Lord is unable to film another series of the hit show until 2009 after winning the role of Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    The fourth series is due to hit screens next year, but the following series will not return until 2010.

    Instead, the BBC has revealed Tennant will star in three Doctor Who specials, written by Russell T Davies, on BBC One in 2009.

    The 36-year-old Scottish actor will reportedly join the Royal Shakespeare Company from July to November next year, however this has not yet been confirmed by the RSC.

    A source from the show told the Mirror: ‘Fans will be relieved David isn’t leaving yet but after the fourth series in 2008 they’ll have just three episodes in 2009. Having to make do with a few will only be worth it if he doesn’t quit and stays for the fifth series. But that’s not confirmed. If he enjoys Hamlet, who knows what he’ll do next?’

    Whether Tennant will stay on as the Doctor remains to be seen, but already speculation has begun over who will take up the reins should he quit. Writer Russell T Davies said Robin Hood star Harry Lloyd would be ‘brilliant’. (4 September 2007)

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