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12th Doctor Announced This Sunday

On Live Special!

By Robert T. Trate     August 01, 2013
Source: BBC/ BBC America

Since Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor, announced that he would be stepping down as Doctor Who, the world has wondered who will be the next Doctor? There have been rumors of every sort. Now with the The 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Special (airing the 23rd of November 2013) coming and another Christmas Special, fans know that Smith’s time is running out. The BBC has released an official statement to the press for the what, when, and who for this historic announcement. Check it out below.  


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


Sunday, August 4, 2:00pm ET LIVE on BBC AMERICA and BBC One in the UK


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.


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Wyldstaar 8/1/2013 11:49:38 PM

I'm mainly curious to see if they decide to do some major stunt casting with this one.  I'd be very interested to see a female incarnation of The Doctor, but I don't think that's very likely this time.  The theatrical movie is still looming, and they aren't going to want to use a Doctor who is totally different from all previous ones in the movie.  Continuing to use a male for the lead is likely for now, but I won't be a bit surprised if they play with his ethnicity this time.

Then again, the movie seems to be languishing in development hell.  The BBC may not be too concerned with coordinating with a project which may never happen.

Funstin 8/2/2013 5:25:31 AM

Wyldstaar - I don't think the movie will ever happen.  I think Doctor Who belongs on Television and works best in that format.  Not sure how they could tie the two together, you know?  When can we expect another email from you for the podcast?  We're reviewing Meglos this month and would love a submission from one of our favorite Texans!

David - Hoo On Who Podcast

deathjim 8/2/2013 7:19:14 AM

 I agree dont think it will work as a movie, they tend to be too worried about pacing than character  development . Personaly i like lulls and quiet reflection in a show.

BunyonSnipe 8/2/2013 7:50:22 AM

And it won't be a 'female' incarnation, the Doctor is male and Time Lords don't just change gender, it has come up before, but the idea was always nixed.

Some sort of anomoly COULD change this, but it would been a major reboot.

BunyonSnipe 8/2/2013 7:51:16 AM

Maybe the first American to play the part...

Bryan Cranston, maybe?

BunyonSnipe 8/2/2013 7:53:09 AM

Hammer made two movies in the 60s and they tried again in the 70s (with Vincent Price as the villain) but it ended up in development hell...

I always wanted to see Bill Nighy as a younger version of William Hartnell's Doctor.

macthorn 8/2/2013 8:22:15 AM

Love the Doctor Who series, each time they get a new guy I think I'm not going to like them and I end up liking them. I need to get caught up, I missed most of the last couple of seasons only seeing episodes here and there. Forgive me for asking a question that may have been answered already but isn't past his reincarnation limit (9 or 10)? or did they explain that in one of the episodes? 

Also what ever happened to his daughter did that ever go anywhere?

I think the next Doctor will be the Sonic Screwdriver will become sentient and take on the Doctors lifeforce since he can't reincarnate anymore. Then it can either float around or have to be carried in the companions... pocket (you perv).

redhairs99 8/2/2013 9:01:01 AM

 I believe the Doctor is supposed to have only 11 or 12 regenerations in the mythos of the show.  However, they haven't mentioned it once in this new reboot so they may disregard it all together.  Also The Master find a way to cheat and gain more regenerations in the series' original run from the 60s to the 80s, so yeah, they probably won't even mention it.

My vote from day 1 for the new Doctor is and shall remain Benedict Cumberbatch.  He could possibly been even greater than Tom Baker.  He's got that same sort of alien from another world look and personality.

HomestarRunner 8/2/2013 9:01:02 AM

I think a movie could work, but I'm not holding my breath.

As for casting, I would be completely okay with a change in ethnicity, but I really don't like the idea of him being a woman.

I remember the excitement around the announcement of Matt Smith. For those who weren't there, there was a special episode of Doctor Who Confidential that aired in the UK. I remember seeing that "kid" and thinking "Oh. My. God. What are they thinking?!?" I was a fan after his first episode.

The fact that they are doing a live simulcast speaks to how huge Doctor Who is over here. As a fan of the show in the 80s, when we had to wait for bootleg copies to make their way across the Atlantic, this blows my mind.

HomestarRunner 8/2/2013 9:06:54 AM

Bunyon: The Male-Female switch was introduced into canon by Neil Gaiman in "The Doctor's Wife", specifically in reference to The Corsair, a time lord who had both male and female incarnations.

As for the 13 incarnation limit, the fact that River Song gave up her remaining regeneration "energy" could easily allow an escape clause for that, assuming they even want to acknowledge it. In an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, the Eleventh Doctor casually (and presumably jokingly) threw out a limit of 507 and that he "could be anything" in regards to race.

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