‘Doctor Who’: BBC to Announce Twelfth Doctor During Live Broadcast

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Usually, big announcements in pop culture are made by way of press releases, leaks, or some other mundane disbursement of information. But for the much anticipated naming of the Twelfth Doctor and the soon to be star of Doctor Who, the BBC is pulling out all the stops and making a big to-do of the whole thing.

The network is set to announce the name of the next Doctor in a 30-minute long broadcast this Sunday afternoon in front of a live studio audience. The special, titled Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, will be hosted by UK TV presenter Zoe Ball and will air live @2PM eastern time on BBC America and on BBC One in the UK @7pm.

Here’s a bit from BBC America’s press release:

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.

For some, the perfect way to find out about the next Doctor would be to see him or her revealed during the Christmas Special, but this information is obviously too big to keep secret for that long. Besides, in that scenario, the BBC wouldn’t get the opportunity to capitalize on the event, drawing the eyeballs of the world to their channels during the special.

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Maybe that’s part of why the BBC passed on the chance to make this announcement during San Diego Comic-Con. Based on the slight backlash that they’ve seen due to the debut of the 50th Anniversary Special trailer somewhere other than on British soil, they probably chose wisely.

Does this make sense for who the choice is? That remains to be seen. It’s a very grand introduction that will immediately elevate the stature of whomever gets the role, but it also ramps up the already astonishing amount of pressure for the next Doctor. Ultimately, though, that person had better get used to that sort of pressure.

Speaking of heat, what are the chances that the name of the Twelfth Doctor could leak between now and Sunday? For the sake of nonrefundable party supply deposits and an insatiable taste for pageantry, let’s hope it doesn’t.


Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor premieres on Sunday, August 4th, 2013 @2pm on BBC America. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for expert analysis on the final choice and how it impacts Doctor Who going forward.

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  1. At the moment Doctor Who thinks it’s a lot better than it actually is.

    They need to tone it down a bit and get back to checking that their plots make some sense.

    • I never understood the appeal of Doctor Who, it comes off as cheap sci fi done on a public access channel. The only episode I vaguely liked was the premiere episode of Amy Pond – I liked when they showed her younger self cooking different things for the doctor to eat. It would be neat if they changed up the doctor to a different ethnicity – THAT would truly make news – maybe chinese, indian, etc

      • if you never understood the appeal and dont watch the show then why are you commenting on the article? i dont mind reading peoples negative opinions if they actually watch the show, but your opinion is pointless

        • clearly you didn’t read my comment – I have watched the show, that is how I made an opinion on it as I referenced an episode in my opinion – just because my opinion doesn’t match yours doesn’t make it pointless – try growing up

          • Yeah, I never understood the appeal either, despite growing up watching the Sylvester McCoy version (my mother hated him), watching and enjoying the Paul McGann movie and finding Christopher Eccleston the best Doctor while still managing to enjoy half of the David Tennant episodes.

            I saw two episodes of Matt Smith’s Doctor and switched off, only returning for the finale a few months back and finding it just as horribly written/acted as I remember.

            I’ll check out who got the role on Screen Rant I think because I recall watching the episode of Doctor Who Confidential when they announced Matt Smith and when I saw him, wondered “who?” then was immensely disappointed when I finally saw him in the role months later.

            And yes, Wade sounds like a child with his comment.

            • i sound childish? childish would be reading an article about a show i dont watch or dont like and telling everyone why i dont like it, im not insulting you or trying to be smart, im simply saying if you dont like it then dont watch it. I wouldnt go on a ‘glee’ message board and tell everyone why i dont like it, that’d be childish

            • And when you said you enjoyed the Paul Mcgann Dr Who movie you totally lost any validity of your point.
              It was absolutely garbage. God awful.

              • stevenh81 proved himself to be one of those childish and immature people like I mentioned in the previous comment.

                If your username features the year of your birth then I despair that someone 3 years older than myself can act like someone 13 years younger than me.

                Please grow up and become a mature adult. And maybe watch that McGann movie instead of following what the sheep say just because they’ve only ever seen that godawful Matt Smith version.

    • Peter Capaldi Would be a Great Choice i think he bring something to the role that has been missing. he has a Range for a actor Equal To any who have been the doctor Before Him. Would love him as a choice my gut says they will use him as a Red Herring and its going to be a unknown i hope its Peter…..

    • He’s the one who played the Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth right?

    • Crazy fact I just uncovered looking into Peter.

      He’s in World War Z. His character, he’s one of the W.H.O Doctors…….

      The force is strong with this one.

      Going back to Peter, he’s got the look, be interesting for them to age the doctor again after all the incarnations of this latest run have made him younger with each regeneration.

  2. I have to confess I’ve struggled with Smith as the Doctor.

    Wasn’t a huge fan of the old stuff (was a bit young and my doctor at the time was Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred’s Ace… hmmm. Although I do remember some of Peter Davidson, Colin Baker in between passed me by. Knight Rider was much more appealing)

    Like a lot of peeps got on board with Eccleston, thought Tennant was brilliant. Took a crack at Smith, struggled through his 1st season and stepped away.

    I think the departure of Russell hurt more than people are willing to admit.

    Yes Moffatt is a wonderful writer, his stand alone episodes for early Who and Sherlock are fabulous but as a show runner, establish an arc for the season and series as a whole for whatever reason I’m not so sure. It doesn’t seem to work.

    Must confess to missing a bit of Who.

    With repeated complains regarding the structure of the latest series in various forums is it worth giving the 11th another crack at the whip??

    • Couldn’t agree more with you !

      Wish it’s Tennant back in some sort of whibly whobly thingy !

      • I love doctor who have not missed a episode i think this season has been weak compared to others Matt is my doctor :) Tennant comes a close second cant wait for november 50 special and christmas episode why does he have to leave cue crying and long No`S NoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • In my opinion, it’s worth giving it a shot. I agree with the plot issues that you state, but there are still some impressive episodes throughout and Smith does truly make the role his own.

  3. Rafe Spall.

  4. Nervous!!!

    The show will live or die with this GUY’S employment. I usually have an opinion of, upon casting announcement ‘Really, him?’ then when he is introduced to the show, ‘Don’t like this Doctor, a bit to weird, something off about him’, then by the end of episode 1, ‘Woah, he is amazing as he Doctor’ hehe.

    Best of luck to him though, part of me thinks the BBC know what they are doing. They have gotten it just right the past four times for me, Mcgann onward.

  5. It just sucks if Capaldi is the new Doctor, because he has already played a character in Fires of Pompeii episode.

    • And a character who appeared throughout season 3 of Torwchood.

      • Colin Baker appeared in a Peter Davison storyline prior to becoming the sixth Doctor himself. Not seeing your point there.

        • (@ Adam)

    • Karen Gillan was also in the Fires of Pompeii. Freema played an obvious part in the series 2 finale as well.

  6. If it’s Capaldi then I might start watching again, he’s brilliant in The Thick Of It. Then again, casting a chair as The Doctor would be better than Matt Smith ever was. Never thought a character could be so annoying in the role.

  7. PLEASE, let whoever it is have eyebrows Dx

  8. Please change the style of the show or Moffat should step down as head-writer and stick to his brilliant single episode writing. I’ve really struggled with the recent confusing plots and plotholes.

  9. Does anyone know if they will also stream this online? I don’t get BBC america in my area.

  10. Congratulations to Peter Capaldi.

    I may start watching the show again now as I mentioned before because finally, they have a good actor in the role for the first time since Tennant left.

  11. I’m glad they’ve gone for an older actor this time round. And while Capaldi is a fantastic actor, I think they could have gone with someone who hasn’t been in the show before. And as to why they decided against an actor of colour or a woman, bunch of cowards. plus moffat can’t write these characters well to save his life.

  12. and a pity they were perfect together
    river and the eleventh doctor a couple breathtaking
    we would have views of the beautiful
    with two brilliant minds so
    river and the doctor thinks for a bit if they had children
    of children with a higher than normal intelligence
    would have been even greater than their rocking
    I wish that Steven Moffat took all this into consideration
    we’ll see
    you never know he is so unpredictable

    it would be fantastic
    I will not even
    that this pair
    river and the doctor to separate

    river and the eleventh doctor
    to imitate a pair ready to give our lives for one another
    for me this is true love