Next 'Doctor Who' Doctor To Be Announced Live This Sunday on BBC America

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August 1st, 2013


via media alert:


The next Doctor of BBC AMERICA’s hit series Doctor Who will be announced during a live special this Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, August 4, 2 pm ET LIVE on BBC AMERICA and BBC One in the U.K.

Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the special’s host Zoe Ball will unveil the Twelfth Doctor in their first-ever interview in front of a live studio audience. The half-hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans. Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews in the special.

Steven Moffat says: “The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”

Matt Smith will make his penultimate appearance in the 50th Anniversary special on Saturday, November 23, and his Eleventh Doctor will regenerate in the Christmas Special. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales

  • cimmer

    I’ve loved Dr. Who for decades but it’s getting just a touch too showbiz for me lately.

  • Lisa

    I hope the new Doctor is a woman. I kind of want to see people’s heads explode in protest while others celebrate. :D

  • Barb

    Hopefully it’ll me an OLDER male actor – it’s been way too long. Nice to have BBCA actually airing the show real time.

  • Randy

    It’s a shame that the Doctor is a white, male character. I know that is difficult for some people to embrace but maybe one day they’ll learn to accept it.

  • PurpleDrazi

    I’ve loved Dr. Who for decades but it’s getting just a touch too showbiz for me lately

    Yeah, I agree. There is so much hype going in to this I’m afraid no matter who they select, the person will not be able to live up to the expectations.

  • Ike

    I don’t let the showbiz stuff bother me. Who cares? It’s better than in the late 80s and early 90s in the U.S. when Doctor Who fans were considered the lowest of the low. Geeks weren’t cool back then, but especially not Doctor Who fans. I’d rather have it the way it is now, even if the show gets too mainstream sometimes and could use a little dose of that crazy convoluted “Ghost Light” type of ambition….

  • TV Addict

    It’s gunna be Sam Johnson. (This is an inside joke with myself)

  • Filip’S

    on BBC One, what is the time of the special?

  • Uktvfan

    7pm on BBC One in the UK, 2pm simulcast on BBC America and Space (Canada).

  • ingram091

    It seems obvious that it is going to be Clara becoming the new doctor. Shes the impossible girl, she is already in his time stream (essentially a part of the doctor) And of course the doctor would sacrifice himself to save her since he has not how many times already? So in the end Clara becomes the Doctor. The actress talks faster then anyone thats played the doctor as commented on several times… and has a energy that even Matt Smith finds hard to keep up with. Every hint from past interviews just points to this outcome. It could all be massive misdirection, and knowing the producers of this show, it would not be unexpected. but I’m better they are going for a new core audience, and knowing the politics of BBC it will seem obvious they will now be going for a greater female demographic for the series…

  • craiguk

    Peter Capaldi

    Remember you read it here a full day before the announcement……

    I went forward in time and watched the special…..

    Zoes outfit was a bit naff

  • Uktvfan

    Capaldi’s name has been all over the Internet for the past few days as the odds-on favorite – you’re hardly the first person to say so.

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