Friday, March 19, 2004 News - Latest News - Eccleston to Take Control of the Tardis: "Eccleston to Take Control of the Tardis

By Rachel Williams, PA News

Actor Christopher Eccleston is to be the new Doctor Who when the cult sci-fi show returns to our screens next year, it was announced tonight.

Eccleston, star of Flesh and Blood and The Second Coming, will appear as the TV Time Lord in the 13-part BBC1 series to be shown in 2005.

The BBC said the Salford-born 40-year-old would take the famous doctor into the 21st century in a ?Cfresh and modern approach?D involving travelling through time and space and fighting monsters on all fronts."