On 16 April 2005 - 9 years ago today - the BBC announced that David Tennant was to be the Tenth Doctor.
Speaking at the time David said: “I am delighted, excited and honoured to be the tenth Doctor! I grew up loving Doctor Who and it has been a lifelong dream to get my very own TARDIS. Russell T Davies is one of the best writers television has ever had, and I’m chuffed to bits to get the opportunity to work with him again. I’m also really looking forward to working with Billie Piper who is so great as Rose. Taking over from Chris is a daunting prospect; he has done a fantastic job of reinventing the Doctor for a new generation and is a very tough act to follow.”