BBC - Doctor Who - Eccleston quits: "David Tennant likely to be replacement for second series.
Ninth Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston has decided to quit the role, it was confirmed last night.
'The audience's response for the new Doctor Who has been incredible and I am really proud to be part of it and I hope viewers continue to enjoy the series,' said Eccleston.
Fears of typecasting, and the gruelling nature of the series' filming, have prompted his decision to leave the role. His last appearance as the Doctor will be in a sixty minute Christmas special. Billie Piper will be staying on as the Doctor's companion, however.
Squarely in the frame for the role of Doctor number ten is David Tennant, currently starring in Russell T Davies' Casanova, and about to appear as Dr Briscoe in BBC Four's live broadcast of The Quatermass Experiment on Saturday.
Talks are in progress with the actor, although a BBC spokesperson said that other names might still be put forward.
Blimey - It's all go, isn't it?"