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Speculation is rife that David Tennant is quitting his award-winning role as Doctor Who after less than two years.While executives behind the BBC Wales-produced series last night denied claims that Tennant is to leave Doctor Who, they revealed a fourth series featuring the Scot as the Timelord has not yet been ordered.

Reports claimed Tennant, 35, would leave in the middle of the fourth series of the sci-fi drama, due to begin filming next year - sparking a hunt for the 11th Doctor Who.

And it has been reported that producers are keen to get another Trainspotting star, Robert Carlyle, to step in, although they are also said to be talking to David Morrisey, who appeared in the BBC drama Blackpool with Tennant.

Doctor Who returned to TV screens in March 2005 after an absence of 16 years. Written by Swansea writer Russell T Davies, the revival initially featured Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Timelord and Billie Piper as his side-kick Rose. But Eccleston quit after just one series and was replaced by Tennant, who has gone on to amass awards for his role and was even named 'the greatest ever Doctor Who' in one poll.

Tennant was last seen on our screens playing the Doctor on Christmas Day and the third series returns to BBC1 in the new year.

But a BBC spokeswoman said no fourth series had been commissioned yet and negotiations with Tennant would not begin until it had been given the go-ahead.

Tennant was currently filming the third series, she said.

'There is no fourth series currently commissioned yet so we could not confirm his involvement in that yet.

'David Tennant is committed to the series. When a further series is commissioned, we will be able to confirm his involvement.'

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