The BBC Press Office have released a statement that details how and when the new Doctor, who replaces Matt Smith in the Christmas Special this year, will be revealed.
The reveal will be during a Live Doctor Who TV event titled Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. The large scale reveal hints at a big name actor, or actress, who may take the role. The special will be broadcast on Sunday the 4th of August in the UK at 7:00pm [BST] as well as being simulcast on BBC America at ~2:00pm [ET]. As of yet, there are no announcements as toe whether Australian fans will be able to watch the event, if it were to be shown on the ABC it would be early in the morning at around 4:00am.
The big names being connected to the role at the moment are Peter Capaldi (who has surged in the bookies betting odd in recent days) Ben Daniels, Chris Addison, Rory Kinnear and David Harewood.
The live show will be hosted by Zoe Ball and feature appearances from old Doctors and companions as well as current show runner Steven Moffat, current Doctor Matt Smith and current Companion Jenna Louise Coleman who will be acting alongside the to be announced 12th Doctor in the 2014 series.
Read the BBC Press Statement below.
In a special one-off live television event on BBC One this Sunday 4 August at 7pm, the next Doctor will be exclusively revealed to the nation.
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, among 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.
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.”
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: “BBC One is the home of big live events and this special live show is the perfect way to reveal the identity of the next Doctor and share it with the nation. The Doctor is a truly iconic role and I’m more than excited about the booking.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning says: ‘We can’t wait to unveil the next Doctor with everyone live on BBC One on Sunday night. Amongst all the speculation and betting, there has been lots of fun and intrigue at work as we’ve been using the codename Houdini as a decoy! It’s the biggest secret in showbiz, even those working with the new Doctor on other projects at the moment have no idea they are in the presence of the 12th incarnation.”
Keep up to date with all the latest news about the show and special guests as we build to the big climax over the next few days, and followfacebook.com/BBCOne, and @bbcdoctorwho and bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.
The special live show is made by BBC Entertainment and Events for BBC One. Guy Freeman is Executive producer and Pinki Chambers is Executive Commissioning Editor. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One.
The show will be simulcast live on BBC America.
View a BBC and BBC America Trailer for the reveal here:
The name of the Actor who has secured the role will be published here on the morning of the 5th (Australian time) as soon as it is revealed. If there are links to a web-stream of the live event I will also post them here. Stay tuned…
Ask the new Doctor YOUR questions. From the BBC site:
What would you like to ask the next Doctor? Email us your questions (details below) and we’ll send a selection of them to the team making the show and some of them will be put to the next Doctor.
We obviously can’t guarantee that every question you give us will be asked so try to think of the most original question, or the funniest or something that you feel might interest people but may not have been asked before. We want great questions from you, so have a think about what you want to know and we’ll make sure the next Doctor answers some of them live on air during Sunday’s show.
Email your questions to us here at firstname.lastname@example.org and please make sure the header of your email reads Next Doctor Questions.