Is The End Near For David Tennant On Doctor Who?

Rumors keep popping up about the BBC's time-travel show Doctor Who, including persistent reports that David Tennant will definitely leave the show before or during 2009's three TV movies, and a replacement has been named. (The show's fifth season doesn't air until 2010.) And now some drastic reports have popped up about the show's adult spin-off about a secret alien-hunting organization, Torchwood. Whether these reports have even a sliver of truth, major changes look increasingly likely next year.

According to the rumors, David Tennant is definitely leaving Doctor Who next year, to be replaced by Robert Carlyle (from Transpotting and The Full Monty.) (This part of the rumor has already been debunked, by Carlyle himself.)

Meanwhile, sources claim Torchwood will look very different in its third season. It'll lose three of its main characters: Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Owen (Burn Gorman) and Tosh (Naoko Mori.) Of those three, Captain Jack may guest star in a few episodes. Meanwhile, Martha (Freema Agyeman), who recently guest-starred on Torchwood, will join the spin-off's cast full-time. And the show will be more family-friendly and air in the same time-slot as Doctor Who. It may also have fewer episodes and serve as a sort of "filler" show for when Who is off the air.[SyFyPortal]