Who's The New Who?

Jan. 5 2009, Published 12:48 p.m. ET

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Just as James Bond must change, so must Doctor Who.

The British sci-fi fave with a huge international following, Doctor Who has a new leading man, and this time the Doctor is an actor with little experience. Matt Smith had a few small TV roles, but nothing remarkable until he landed the role of the time-traveling alien.

The 26-year old Smith is the youngest of the 11 actors to play Dr. Who.

"It's nerve-wracking," Smith gushes, "but a wonderful privilege and challenge and I'm honored to have been given this opportunity."

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The program is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, having made its TV debut in 1963.

So move over, Pattinson! And make room for the new Brit "It" boy.


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