The BBC just announced the identity of the man who will take over the lead on "Doctor Who" for the new incarnation's fifth season, and it's... a 26-year-old named Matt Smith.
I'm going to profess ignorance on this, having never heard of Smith before his name joined the list of rumored candidates to replace David Tennant, alongside older, and better-known stateside guys like David Morrissey and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
If Ejiofor, or rumored front-runner Paterson Joseph, had been chosen, we would have had our first non-white Doctor. But rather than change The Doctor's ethnicity -- or his gender -- new showrunner Steven Moffat decided to go younger, with Smith easily the youngest actor to ever fill the role.
After his great individual "Doctor Who" episodes ("Blink," "The Doctor Dances," etc.) and his work elsewhere on "Jekyll," I trust Moffat pretty implicitly. But I'm curious for reaction from anyone who's actually seen Smith on stage or screen: do you think he has what it takes for the part?