SO now we know the identity of the new Doctor Who.
A flurry of late bets put Matt Smith’s name firmly in the frame to play the 11th Time Lord.
Within the last hour, the BBC confirmed his casting as the youngest ever actor to play the Doctor – and web forums are already in meltdown.
Many appear never to have heard of Northampton-born Matt, 26.
Which means they must have missed him as Danny in BBC2’s cruelly axed Party Animals.
Or as Jim, alongside Billie Piper in The Ruby In The Smoke and The Shadow In The North.
Not to mention the guest role of Ian – one of two cousins caught up in an incident with a taxi driver – in the second series The Street.
That particular Salford-filmed episode was first screened in November 2007.
Matt is soon to be seen in new BBC2 drama Moses Jones.
Before appearing for the first time on screen as the Doctor in 2010.
As a teenager, Matt was destined to be a professional footballer until a back injury forced him out of the game.
Now he’s landed one of the biggest parts on British TV.
He said: “David Tennant has made the role his own, brilliantly, with grace, talent and persistent dedication.
“I hope to learn from the standards set by him.
“The challenge for me is to do justice to the show’s illustrious past, my predecessors, and most importantly, to those who watch it.
“I really cannot wait.”
Those writing Matt off within minutes of the announcement should remember how many also questioned David Tennant’s casting.
And look how wrong those critics proved to be.
Tennant is, of course, a huge act to follow.
But I reckon Matt will be brilliant in the role.