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Eccleston named as new Doctor Who

The BBC have named Christopher Eccleston as the latest actor to play Doctor Who.

Doctor Who was last on our screens in 1996 in a TV Movie version where Paul McGann played the lead role. The role has more recently been played by Richard E. Grant, whom voiced the Doctor for a animated internet special.

The new series is being made by BBC Wales, and is expected to 13 parts, broadcasting sometime in 2005. Whilst this will be the first major new series of Doctor Who since 1989, repeats are still shown on channels across the world, including UKTV Gold.

Eccleston, 40, who has previously starred in Shallow Grave and The Others will become the 9th TV Doctor.

The BBC said that it Eccleston will take the Doctor into the 21st century in a 'fresh and modern approach'
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