Matt Smith, then. The BBC has got you covered:
Ah, but we want action, not just words. We need Doctor Who Confidential
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxZPTtmPc58 Available in torrent form from the ever-reliable Mad Martha as well (and without the widescreen UK TV getting squished in the YouTube box).
I'm wondering if Tennant, Tranter and Moffat didn't decide to put the word out early and on its own. Deliberate or not, I think it's excellent PR. We didn't need to know 10's leaving yet. He won't even be gone for over a year. But you've gotta start shooting this summer. Then Russell had planned to do some headfucking with the Doctor-or-is-he? Christmas episode. If David says he's leaving and that he didn't get fired and isn't unhappy with the show before that, then when you get to Christmas you might be saying "well who IS 11 then???" You might even be dying to know. I certainly was, and, most fortunately, I was already able to mourn 10. That's what I mean about the PR. The end of 10 is its own thing. If it had been a simultaneous handoff announcement I think I'd be pretty agitated, but in this way I can't blame whoever was gonna show up for 10 leaving. I didn't get a stepmother foisted on me. Granted, he's got a bit of a bullseye on him anyway, but me myself am not bothered. Given how goddamnously popular 10 has been I think it would've been disastrous to do a quick swap like that.
Meanwhile I've been furrowing my brow and sometimes wincing over the speculative hires, and I've found that I'm really glad that the so-last-minute-only-people-at-DWF*-knew-about-it longshot came in. Given my contrary nature I would've been miffed if one of the mong favorites had been named. Now, Messrs. Nesbitt, Ejiofor and Joseph are all fine and capable actors I'm sure, but it still woulda bugged me that "great...you chattering assholes got what you wanted" (see also: Anakin Skywalker, another nearly no-win casting problem, and no I don't hate either of those two young men) (See also: how I start simultaneously angrily twitching and disgustedly sighing whenever someone wish-casts Angelina Jolie in a comic book movie. I don't hate her either but LEAVE IT OUT!) Plus it DID really bug me that Paterson Joseph was on Satellite 5. That would undoubtedly require much sillier bullshitting than explaining how Freema and Eve turned back up. And so...POOF! This weirdo shows up yesterday, giving me a look at how my nephew's un-partable hair will probably look in the future and generally looking and acting strange. The pictures didn't sell me but his interview did. "Okay....this kid's interesting and I kinda like 'im. Damn, I wish I could see what he's gonna do already!!" And just like that it's almost like I've gotta "get through" four more episodes of 10 to see what Moff and Smith have for me. *Russell T. Davies voice and hands* Brilllliant!
I said "almost". I still expect Russell and David to knock me on my ass over the next year, and I'm prepared to be even more patient than I'll have to be if it means I can have another peek into RIver Song's life (and on both counts I say "FUCKIN A, YOU BETTER!!!"). But I'm excited. Plus, I just noticed that in "Time Crash" last year, Moff wrote his own 11 defense via 10 talking to 5 long before he needed it (and contrary to his own opinions at the time about wanting an older guy). Wibbly wobbly...
*That's "Doctor Who Forum", a place that can make the calmest person become King Arthur and shout "Jaysus CHRIST!" and require a visit to Angry Who Fan with no delay.