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Doctor Who thing: 12th Doctor to be named live on BBC One Sunday night


The wait is over. On Sunday night, 7pm GDT, the actor who will play the 12th Doctor will be revealed in a live broadcast on BBC One, and simulcast on BBC America. From a BBC press release:

Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the show’s host Zoe Ball will unveil the 12th Doctor in the first ever interview in front of a live studio audience set against the backdrop of a swirling vortex, amongst Daleks and the TARDIS.

The half hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans.

Excitement will reach fever pitch as they speculate and recall their favourites, plus feature clips and moments from across the show’s 50 year history.

Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews about one of the biggest roles in TV and set out just what it takes to be the Doctor.

They’re going to be speculating on who the next Doctor is when he (or she, but probably not) is actually sitting in the green room backstage? Ridiculous.

But I’ll be watching, of course… and we’ll discuss the new Doctor on Monday…

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  • RogerBW

    That first sentence in the quote calls for a light napalming of the BBC PR department.

    If there’s one thing television folk know how to do, it’s whip up excitement about something. I note that Paddy Power is running a book on who gets the role but on past form it’s unlikely to be any of the front runners.

  • Lisa

    The BBC handled that announcement badly. Moffat’s quote was all over the internet before Midnight anyway. I agree with Roger – it won’t be any of the top ten names they keep mentioning it’ll be Aneurin Barnard or William Vasey! You heard it hear first!

  • dmighty

    lebron james is going to be the doctor?

  • Anne-Kari

    Gawd, here we go again. No matter who it is, I’m going to be dealing with my daughter flipping out – and not in a good way. Every time there announce a new Doctor it’s the same – “I hate him”, “He is stupid”, “I hate this stupid fake Doctor” etc etc. Took her 2 years to come around to Matt Smith…

  • RogerBW

    I still can’t get past Smith’s appearance. I hear people saying his acting has been pretty good, but he simply doesn’t work for me.

  • singlestick

    I’m a relatively recent Dr Who viewer. The faux grief that fans would unleash, and the talk about “their doctor” always seemed weird to me. I liked Rory and Amy and was sad to see them go. Then Smith announced that he was leaving. Dammit, Matt Smith is MY Doctor. I guess I’m part of the club now.

    But I look forward to a new Doctor, whoever he, or she, may be.

  • Martin

    It’s either going to turn out to be Zoe Ball (or her Dad, Johnny Ball) or it’ll be a fake to cover the real new Doctor.

    Either way, the sound of idiots that actually gave money to a bookie – when Matt Smith wasn’t on the list last time – will be like drinking a sweet wine to me.

    And I’ll roll my eyes in shock as it’ll be another white anglo male, with certain members of the British Press sighing in relief as we’d narrowly escaped getting cooties near a beloved British institution.

    And then there’ll be the Whovians that still haven’t learnt about the new Doctor cycle. We hateses him until he leaveses us and then he’s our preciousss.

    For all that Moffat has gotten wrong in his tenure, he cast a great Doctor in Matt Smith and I’m sure he’ll pick right again, whoever he is.

  • RogerBW

    Martin, I agree with nearly everything you’ve said.

    (Whom do I want in the role? Not a woman, not while Moffat’s running the boys’ club of script writers and going on and on about how women are strange mysterious incomprehensible beings. But someone with a bit of age and natural gravitas, who can do the Hartnellesque twinkle but isn’t stuck in bouncy rubber manic mode.)

  • SueJ

    Moffat speech said they would announce the last doctor in something I read …. will this really, really be the last one??????

  • bronxbee

    me too… i’m exactly the same.

  • bronxbee

    i want someone who can portray mature but with an edge… someone who has the sense of having seen the universe and who will restore the sort of mysteriousness to the Doctor. is that too much to ask? while moffat is running the show, most likely.

  • RogerBW

    This is television. Nothing is planned that far in advance. They’re already committed to making next year’s episodes, and even if they’re thinking of cancellation they won’t do it until they see how popular those are.

  • Tonio Kruger

    So I’m guessing the new Doctor will not be Chris O’Dowd…

  • I’m still rooting for Rose Leslie, a ginger with major attitude. However, I’ll be going across town to see a movie and will probably rely on a message from my husband to learn who the winner of the latest Dr. Who Derby is.

  • Martin

    Wow, the odds on favourite wins.

    Congratulations Capaldi, you’ll make a cracking Doctor.

  • Martin

    That show was a slog to get through. “Celebrities” waffling on about why they think Doctor Who is popular, annoying VTs that assume we know nothing about what they proclaim as being the most popular show on TV.
    Only thing I liked about it (apart from the reveal) was watching Steven Moffat be utterly bemused by the whole thing. After watching his Comicon and Nerd HQ appearances, I get the distinct impression he really doesn’t like fans asking stupid questions and I kind of love his grumpy demeanour.

  • bronxbee

    exactly… i want to know how one gets to be a “professional” fan who gets interviewed and is asked to do all these ridiculous things. has anyone else been tortured by BBCA’s stupid “specials” like “The Girls of Doctor Who” or “The Monsters of Doctor Who?” who *are* those people anyway? who is this guy who is the “host” of the Nerdist? i want that job.

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