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DOCTOR Who star David Tennant could be quitting his role as the Time Lord.

Fans of the BBC TV series were shocked at the news after it was revealed by Tennant's co-star Catherine Tate during a radio interview yesterday.

The comedienne and actress, who plays Doctor Who's assistant Donna, confirmed that she, too, would be stepping down from the show after series four.

Catherine, 29, told Jonathan Ross on Radio 2: "I think it's maybe David's last series."

Tennant had been the original choice to lead the show's reincarnation in March 2005, but the role as given instead to Christopher Eccleston.

He took up the mantle after Eccleston left after just one series.

Revealing that he was fulfiling a childhood dream, Tennant said: "Who wouldn't want to be the Doctor? I have even got my own Tardis." Since he occupied the time machine, fan figures have gone into orbit, with the show regularly pulling in as many as eight million viewers.

The BBC yesterday refused to confirm or deny the news. "We have been told not to say anything about this, " said a spokesman.

Viewers were quick to react, deluging fan sites.

Sebastian J Brook, who runs the Doctor Who Online fan club, said: "If the news of Tennant leaving is indeed true, it will hit fans hard.

"He has proved to be one of the bestloved actors to play the role of the doctor. Our forum membership are always singing his praises and can't wait to get online after each episode airs and share their thoughts."

He added: "It's going to be hard to find someone with Tennant's energy, enthusiasm, sheer talent and drive." But industry insiders suggested that the move might accompany a change in the production team.

A source said: "We believe that Russell T Davies, the executive producer, will be leaving after the next series with Phil Collinson, the producer, who is moving across to Coronation Street.

"I am sure David chose to leave, but it was probably because everything's changing.

"One of the ways of keeping Doctor Who fresh, and fans consistently interested, is by reinventing the main characters often."

Catherine Tate made her Doctor Who debut last year as a runaway bride who found herself transported into the Tardis as she prepared for her wedding on Christmas Eve.

The episode attracted 9.4 million viewers when it was screened on Christmas Day.

This year's special will co-star Kylie Minogue and will be screened on Christmas Day.

GRAPHIC: TIME TO SPLIT? David Tennant with Catherine Tate, who plays his assistant Donna Picture: ADRIAN ROGERS/BBC

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