NEW Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston has told of his excitement at coming to work in South Wales.
The Timelord will start work at the BBC's studios in Llandaff, Cardiff, in July on the new 13-episode series.
He said: "I think it's a whole new life for me, a whole new element to my career and I'm looking forward to working in Cardiff because I worked there 12 years ago.
"I like the people and I like the place.
"I think it's good that it has not gone to London or Manchester, that somebody else has got this thing.
"I'm really looking forward to working with the Welsh people, going back there."
The BBC confirmed they were gearing up to start filming the show in the summer, under the direction of Wales head of drama Julie Gardner and Swansea- based TV writer Russell T Davies.
But Mr Davies has hinted that much of the filming could take place outside of Wales.
Fans will be reassured that the rights to use the Doctor's arch enemies the Daleks have been secured, for the ex-tor-tion-ate sum of £250,000.
Each of the 45-minute episodes is rumoured to be costing £1m.
Mr Eccleston said he was looking forward to being the doctor.
He said: "Russell Davies is very, very talented. We do have a laugh, we're going to be laughing a lot when we're stood in the middle of fields at 4am in Cardiff!"