Matt Smith, 26, will be the youngest actor to ever play Doctor Who. David Tennant's successor will be the eleventh actor to play the role which started in 1963.
"I feel proud and honoured to have been given this opportunity to join a team of people that has worked so tirelessly to make the show so thrilling," Smith said about his new role.
Smith's shows will start airing on BBC One in 2010. He is a Northampton native who studied the arts at University of East Anglia.