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.”
"Naturally, I anticipated your plan and travelled slightly further back, and bribed the Architect first…"
Amazing Jenna Coleman for Glamour UK, November 2013
"Billie has a quality that so few actors possess: you instantly like her. It doesn’t matter if you’re 16 watching her in Doctor Who or 65 watching her in Mansfield Park. You immediately connect with her. Billie’s appeal is completely natural . You can’t manufacture it. Some actors are adept at generating it, but Billie just has it effortlessly." - James D’Arcy