Classically trained British actor Christopher Eccleston has been confirmed
as Dr Who for the eagerly awaited new TV series.
The 28 DAYS LATER star will be the ninth Dr Who in the cult British show -
beating off competition from transvestite comedian Eddie Izzard, Gosford Park
actor Richard E Grant and TV favourite Alan Davies, to appear in the first
series in 15
JANE TRANTER, head of BBC drama, says, "We have chosen one of Britain's
"It signals our intention to take Dr Who into the 21st century as well as
retaining its core, traditional values to be surprising, edgy and
Filming is due to start in Wales later this Spring (04) with the first
series airing early next year (05).