Friday, August 2, 2013

The 12th Doctor to be announced live on Sunday afternoon

Who will be the new Doctor Who? The BBC has decided, it announced on Thursday. The name of the new actor -- or actress -- will be unveiled in a BBC America special on Sunday.

The live half-hour special "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" will be aired at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday on BBC America. It will be hosted by British TV personality Zoe Ball, the special will include an interview with the new star (who replaces the departing 11th Doctor, Matt Smith), as well as past actors and executive producer Steven Moffat.

This will be the 12th doctor (when one includes Paul McGann, who portrayed the Doctor in a single TV movie).  There has been speculation that the new Doctor will be a woman.  Despite the fact that the Doctor is now the last Time Lord, there have been female Time Lords in the past, including Romana, who was a companion of the Tom Baker Doctor for some time.

Helen Mirren has been mentioned as a possible Doctor, but she has repeatedly denied any such aspirations.  She has, however, mentioned that a gay black female Doctor would be perfect for the 12th Doctor.

Moffat said:
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 12.
Matt Smith's penultimate appearance as Doctor Who will take place in the 50th anniversary special airing Nov. 23. The Doctor will regenerate to his 12th incarnation in the Christmas Special.

That 50th anniversary special is somewhat faux. Although the Doctor made his first appearance in 1963, there was a long hiatus from 1989 until the 1996 McGann TV movie, and then another hiatus from that point until the 2005 Russell T. Davies reboot in 2005.

Since then, Christopher Eccleston has been the ninth Doctor, David Tennant the tenth, with Matt Smith taking over in 2010.

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