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12th Doctor To Be Revealed Live This Sunday 7.00PM

12th Doctor Revealed Live This Sunday 7.00PM

From The BBC…

Back in June we confirmed that Matt Smith would be leaving Doctor Who and since then there’s been intense speculation about who would be taking over the role of the Doctor. But the guesswork and conjecture end this weekend… The BBC will reveal the identity of the next Doctor during a live BBC One show that begins at 7pm on Sunday, 04 August. You can watch a trailer for the programme now!

The news about the announcement has been delivered in the following press release:

Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor

In a special one-off live television event on BBC One this Sunday 4th 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, amongst 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 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, BBC Drama Commissioning says: “We can’t wait to unveil the next Doctor with everyone live on BBC1 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 follow, @ BBCOne and @bbcdoctorwho and

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. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One.

The show will be simulcast live on BBC America. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales.

Before the announcement we’ll bring you lots more exciting news, including how you can be part of the big reveal!



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  • MasterKasterborous

    August 7th, 2013 - 8:33am

    It means we can no longer refer to them by first name or second name without clarification… 😛

  • Big D

    August 6th, 2013 - 11:16am

    I found the show to be absolutely awful. Totally out of character with the history of the programme and whoever told Zoe Ball she was a good presenter needs sending off to a galaxy far, far away. Cheap, glossy rubbish with non entity celebs hogging the spotlight from the real star – the Doctor himself. I felt sorry for the previous Doctors being shoe horned into a small gap between the waffle and then for a blink and youll miss it interview with the new guy…. disgraceful.

  • 76 Totters Lane

    August 5th, 2013 - 7:12pm

    6.2 million viewers overnight, peaking at 6.9

  • barry morse

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:22pm

    peter be a good doctor

  • 76 Totters Lane

    August 4th, 2013 - 8:49pm

    3 Doctorscalled Peter if you include Cushing.

  • 76 Totters Lane

    August 4th, 2013 - 8:22pm

    Plus 2 Doctors with the surname Baker.

  • Sebatron

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:39pm

    You were right!

  • Scott the Raptor

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:35pm

    And the Twelfth Doctor is ……………….. Peter Capaldi!

  • drjakeyoung

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:30pm

    Well that makes 2 doctor’s called Peter…

  • amy smale

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:21pm

    im really buzzing i cant wait to find out who it is !!!!!!

  • RYCBAR123

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:01pm

    It’s time… See you on the other side! 😀

  • Anonymous

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:58pm

    Neither can I

  • doctor who whovian fan no 1

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:57pm

    can not wait

  • Anonymous

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:54pm

    3 minutes

  • drjakeyoung

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:48pm

    10 minutes!

  • RYCBAR123

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:38pm

    There’s like 30 minutes! 😀

  • doc

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:37pm

    20 minuets

  • drjakeyoung

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:01pm

    1 hour!

  • drjakeyoung

    August 4th, 2013 - 5:24pm

    Why cant they just do another confidential like back in 2009?

  • outnumbered

    August 4th, 2013 - 4:14pm

    for me i just hope they don’t do a mirror trait

    what i mean is like they change the person but keep it the same traits. so i hope the 12 doctor will not be a joke after joke dr.

    i want him to be a dark dr. so u still love him but you fear him sometimes as well. so he needs someone to help him, tell him when to stop and calm down.

    thats why my three actors who would make a great dr are

    ( in no order)

    1. andrew lee potts

    2. the person who played matthew in downton abbey

    3 the gut who plays luther in luther

  • MasterKasterborous

    August 4th, 2013 - 3:29pm

    I like how people are using this show to have a go at American fans again…

  • ~Rassilon~

    August 4th, 2013 - 3:26pm

    Same, he would be literally ideal

  • the astroanout of death

    August 4th, 2013 - 2:57pm

    he is the 8.5 doctor someone from the production team let it slip

  • The Supreme Dalek

    August 4th, 2013 - 2:55pm

    Series 1 and 2 were even better than Series 3, and two wasn’t exactly a great series either. Series 4, 5 and 7 are the all time best and will always be for me.

  • The Supreme Dalek

    August 4th, 2013 - 2:54pm

    Josh, no one has confirmed that. The ending of The Name of the Doctor specially said Introducing John Hurt As THE DOCTOR.

  • Nicholas

    August 4th, 2013 - 1:37pm

    I really hope Peter Capaldi is the Doctor.

  • booboo

    August 4th, 2013 - 1:32pm

    hype being the word

  • greyzinychimp

    August 4th, 2013 - 1:12pm

    7 hours to go 🙂

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