The BBC has revealed the name of the person to take over from David Tennant as owner of the most famous trans-dimensional time-travelling police call box-shaped spaceship on children’s television.
It is Mike Smith, former Radio 1 DJ, erstwhile comedy foil to Noel Edmonds, and latterly known for his role as full-time husband of Sarah Greene.
Mike is the youngest person to play Dr Who since the last one. An insider at the BBC revealed that Smith intends to bring to the part “something of all the previous Doctors” and that his characterisation will be “similar yet different” to the dozen or so other actors who have depicted the wacky wizard on television, film and stage.
Children, parents and heterosexuals have been speaking of their delight at the news. The entire Dr Who fan community, meanwhile, has gone into an instant sulk at the realisation that for the first time the Doctor is being played by somebody younger than them.
Noel Edmonds, who initially told the press he had nothing to say on the matter, later appeared at the garden gate of his giant mansion and freely chatted to reporters about how he wished “the sad bastard the best of British luck” and hoped he “had more joy flying the TARDIS than that bloody helicopter”.
Mike’s wife Sarah, who appeared in an episode of Dr Who during the 1980s, is rumoured to be making a cameo in the new series. When questioned, Sarah is alleged to have remarked: “the last time anyone saw me on television was locked in a cellar being ravished by a poltergeist; I’m damned if that’s going to be the last line on my CV”.