Production has started on the new series of Doctor Who in which viewers will meet the Eleventh Doctor and his companion.

The latest incarnation of the iconic character is played by Matt Smith (Party Animals), while his new companion Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillan.

Matt said on Monday: “I feel very privileged and proud to be part of this iconic show. The scripts are brilliant and working alongside Karen, Steven and the rest of the crew is an inspiration because their work ethic and passion for the show is so admirable. I’m excited about the future and all the brilliant adventures I get to go on as the Doctor.”

New executive producer Steven Moffat has developed this series and will be responsible for the overall creative direction of the show, as well as plot and character arcs.

He said: “And here it is, the big moment – the new Doctor, and his new best friend. And here’s me, with the job I wanted since I was seven. Forty years to here! If I could go back in time and tell that little boy that one day all this would happen, he’d scream, call for his mum and I’d be talking to you now from a prison cell in 1969. So probably best not then.

“Matt and Karen are going to be incredible, and Doctor Who is going to come alive on Saturday nights in a whole new way – and best of all, somewhere out there, a seven-year-old is going to see them, fall in love, and start making a 40-year plan…”

The 13-part series will transmit in spring 2010.