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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 www.facebook.com/BBCOne, @ 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. 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!


209 comments

  • pug dalek

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:49am

    If the next doctor is a she I will be upset or vomit on the fioor 😥 sorry bbc do not do it or it be 1989 again it will be depassig and sonday wil be sad if so piz piz do not do it bbc

    Reply
  • Mad man with a blue boxs

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:44am

    I really hope it is not a woman and if it is I hope it is not Michel Jacksons girl

    Reply
  • bbcworldwide

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:40am

    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 http://www.facebook.com/BBCOne, @ 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. 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!

    Reply
  • KEITH PHILIP SOLLEY

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:09am

    i am making sure i wont miss the programme by sky plussing manually for 1 hour from 6:50 p.m.on bbc1 and manually recording on both my dvd’s!

    Reply
    • Some bloke

      August 2nd, 2013 - 11:46am

      it’s only on for half an hour

  • The TARDIS

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:07am

    This would have been a nice surprise… Had it not been leaked all over the Internet. Everyone knew it was coming! It really annoys me that websites that are trusted with this sort of information go and break the embargo and spoil it for everyone. I’m glad that at least this website doesn’t go and release spoilers like all the rest, you can’t go on the Internet without something being spoiled for you!

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 2nd, 2013 - 12:13am

      Been happening for months now, and usually down to a handful of sites spreading the word rather than keeping quite if someone makes a mistake and puts something up early. leaked stuff would have stayed confined to forums in the past, now you cant avoid it.

      Having said that its getting way to gimmicky for my liking

  • simon

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:06am

    WOW I cant wait for this find out who the new Doctor is. I’m only hopping it’s and English man in his late 40’s.

    Reply
    • Anonymous

      August 2nd, 2013 - 12:14am

      Could be anyone, although the current favourite is a Scottish man in his mid-50s.

    • Scott the Raptor

      August 2nd, 2013 - 9:52am

      No, not English! We just had an English Doctor.

  • The Hemsworth Doctor

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:05am

    Been waiting all night for this amazing news, I JUST CAN’T WAIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  • Jamie

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:02am

    I have tickets for the live show! 😀

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 2nd, 2013 - 12:05am

      i will far away from the TV and internet, which i quite glad about actually

    • Adam

      August 2nd, 2013 - 9:53am

      I applied for tickets have they already sent out emails?

    • Jamie

      August 2nd, 2013 - 2:17pm

      I got my tickets emailed a couple of days ago now.

    • im no longer going to be here

      August 2nd, 2013 - 10:15pm

      how do you get tickets?

  • Tinnky

    August 1st, 2013 - 11:08pm

    Can anyone post s Link for the liveshow?

    Reply
    • Some bloke

      August 2nd, 2013 - 11:47am

      what!? It’s being broadcast on TV not online

  • Tinnky

    August 1st, 2013 - 11:06pm

    Can Anyone post a Link for the liveshow?

    Reply
  • Tardis’nt

    August 1st, 2013 - 10:30pm

    Is this about the rumoured return of confidential? or the announcement of the new doctor?

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 10:48pm

      so much hype it bound to be the 12th Doctor, although they had hardly started looking just a few days ago!

    • Tardis’nt

      August 1st, 2013 - 11:15pm

      That’s true!

    • Some bloke

      August 2nd, 2013 - 11:50am

      they say they haven’t been looking long, when I expect they’ve been looking for months now. We may have found out matt was leaving in june, but we would have told moffat more than likely at the end of last year. Be a bit stupid if he told moffat in june and said ‘Moff, I want to leave, and I want to leave by the end of this year’ HA

  • drjakeyoung

    August 1st, 2013 - 10:25pm

    I agree with xylok emperor. It’s a silly and unnecessary risk.

    Reply
  • drjakeyoung

    August 1st, 2013 - 10:24pm

    Right, i am going to be honest here…

    I think Matt Smith is a great doctor! I wish he had a lot more time, as he is one of the best!
    But… The writing is god awful. The show is being turned into a pantomime joke. When nightmare in silver started, my dad was like “what the hell has gone on with Dr who the last couple of years? It’s like a pantomime!”

    And the BBC is just mocking the show. The way it is written, directed, produced and marketed has gone down hill the past couple of years. The BBC have decided to forget British license fee payers and have gone all out trying to Americanize it. They are ruining it. I think it would be good if Steven, and ALL the writers step down, and be replaced, as well as new producers/directors/marketers and stuff. It should be completely rebooted after Christmas. But of course, this is just wishful thinking…

    Reply
    • TheBritishCupOfTea

      August 1st, 2013 - 10:53pm

      totally agree, Nightmare in Silver…more like Joke in Tinfoil. it would’ve been better off in the Sarah Jane Adventures.

    • dr jay

      August 1st, 2013 - 10:59pm

      Spot on, I hate hate hate moffet, bring back MR R.T DAVIS the writing was so clever then

    • Anonymous

      August 1st, 2013 - 11:12pm

      It’s always been camp….people remember the old stuff through rosé tinted specs. Personally, I think the show is the strongest it’s been in the 35 yrs I’ve been watching it. The best and worst thing about the show, is it has such a big following that different eras or elements appeal to different fans…but it also means fans always seem to moan on about the show – maybe that’s British trait tho…we are not happy unless we have something to moan about.

      I remember watching the show as a kid whilst the great Tom Baker was at the helm and my uncle walking out tutting at how rubbish the show had become since Tom baker became the Doctor…..that pretty much sums up DW and its fans….the show moves with the times but he fans remain in the past.

    • The TARDIS

      August 1st, 2013 - 11:24pm

      I don’t think that fans remain in the past, they’ve just had enough of what the show is like at the moment. I became bored of Moffat’s story arc at the end of series 6 and it’s been downhill since. I look forward to a new show runner with new ideas for the show.

    • The TARDIS

      August 1st, 2013 - 11:27pm

      Equally, I don’t think that bringing back Russell T. Davies would work. I really enjoyed his era, but the show is always moving on. It is much more interesting to go on to something new than go back to something. Imagine if Jon Pertwee came back after Tom Baker.

    • pug dalek

      August 1st, 2013 - 11:30pm

      No rtd here we go again like I said rtd fans in the the past

    • Lee Llewellyn-Thornhill

      August 2nd, 2013 - 12:55am

      Cannot agree more, its time Moffat was gone & RTD brought back, since Moffat too over the stories have become worse and worse, Arcs that go nowhere with no answers to them, moffats broken promises and shoddy writing, he thinks he is writing a fairy story & its become so boring now. Without RTD their would be no NuWho and all the effort and brilliance he put into it the shower of tosh Moffat has wrecked, Moffat was good writing singular stories but as soon as he became show runner it was downhill all the way with a few exceptions! the man is a power freak who is writing it for himself, in fact have the stories i think his kids would have done better or have they written them. Bring on no12 and a fresh start with a new show runner now. Incidentally away from this subject I was at the BBC @MediaCityUK on Tuesday and happened to see a famous famous in a tardis like blue suit walk by me,I’m not saying WHO just in case, but just wondering could he be Number 12? I wonder? not the place too you would expect to see him too like you would Cardiff or London…. Anyway all will be revealed Sunday at 7pm my fellow Whovians on BBC One

    • drjakeyoung

      August 2nd, 2013 - 10:36am

      Don’t get me wrong, i think Moffat and most of the writers there are nice people, and i don’t hate them, it’s just i think it’s time for a new show runner. I want Matt to stay and Moffat to leave!

    • TheBritishCupOfTea

      August 2nd, 2013 - 10:40am

      All Moffat does is lie to the fans about the show and create (boring) story arcs which span over three series’. Oh, he’s also ruined the Sontarans and Silurians for me. I could stand the Paternoster gang in one episode, but it’s beyond a joke now. I appreciate the fact that kids watch the show, but come on, Moffat!

    • pug dalek

      August 2nd, 2013 - 10:17pm

      If I hear rtd one more time I will go nats piz no rtd 🙄

    • The Moffat Paradox

      August 2nd, 2013 - 10:36pm

      Well I’ve seen some stuff on You Tube about the 50th anniversary special explaining John Hurts “Doctor” which if true also suggests an explanation for who blew up the Tardis among other things.

      If borne out in a way that makes sense in English and not just gibberish pretending to be in English Moffatt will have redeemed himself more from the charge of crimes against story arc logic and resort to wibbly wobbily timey wimey as a “plot” deus ex machina too much.

      Nonetheless Whenever Mark Gattis takes creative control I will simply say here:

      Hooray!!:)

    • KatherineKellyFor12thDoctor

      August 2nd, 2013 - 11:56pm

      Your so right they need to get back how they used to be pre Matt Smith!

    • Dalek the Supreme

      August 3rd, 2013 - 2:48am

      I’m tired of people wanting RTD or David Tennant back. If you can’t move on with the show, then you shouldn’t stay a fan, because Doctor Who is ABOUT change. Sometimes the changes are good, for example, Matt Smith is my favorite Doctor, Moffat has written some of my all time favorites, and what they did with Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor from Season 25 onwards was great, but sometimes it takes a turn for the worst, for example, Season 24 was a shambles, unworthy of McCoy’s Doctor, and RTD, while he wrote some fine scripts, he failed miserably with scripts like Love and Monsters, Fear Her, and The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End. The point is, the show is about change and regeneration, and if you want anything else, then watch a show that’s stayed the same all the time.

  • Doctorwholew

    August 1st, 2013 - 9:56pm

    Well at 7pm on bbc1 on the 4th of August is celebrity mastermind. :/

    Reply
    • TheBritishCupOfTea

      August 1st, 2013 - 9:58pm

      yes, it’s a repeat. filling in for the 12th doctor reveal.

  • Booboo Jr

    August 1st, 2013 - 9:47pm

    Seems like this is true then. Can’t wait to find out who the Twelth Doctor will be, but please, don’t make it a woman! I’m not being sexist, but it would really change the show, and not in a good way.

    Reply
  • MONKEY MONK MONK

    August 1st, 2013 - 9:30pm

    Just two hours and 29 minutes

    Reply
  • Jake

    August 1st, 2013 - 8:47pm

    There’s also rumours that the Christmas special is called “silent night” and that the 12th doctor shall be revealed on the weekend!!!!!

    Reply
    • Jake

      August 1st, 2013 - 8:58pm

      Perhaps it could be a relative of the famous American Harry Houdini as they are nick naming the 12th “Houdini”??

  • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

    August 1st, 2013 - 8:08pm

    exciting! i remember when i first saw matt. Hope they stick to tradition and it is not a woman.

    Reply
  • prof horner

    August 1st, 2013 - 7:59pm

    I would love it if it was the return of missing episodes.

    Reply
  • the astroanout of death

    August 1st, 2013 - 7:49pm

    you would think the bbc would learn wouldn’t you

    posters, episode titles trailer are always getting leaked if the bbc have something to announce it before it gets leaked

    but I secretly want the 50th annerverery trailer to get leaked 😈

    Reply
  • KORSAIR

    August 1st, 2013 - 7:20pm

    Is it just me or is the BBC and Whodom in general turning all this into the second coming?

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 7:26pm

      Not just you, its seems way over the top to me, simulcast in the USA, special programme with live audience etc etc

      not really for me

    • KORSAIR

      August 1st, 2013 - 8:10pm

      I’m starting to think that the BBC is starting to cater for American tastes here, it’s almost like a “who shot JR?” frenzy.

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 8:54pm

      Yes I agree, doesn’t seem to be helping classic figure sales though

    • Anonymous

      August 1st, 2013 - 9:55pm

      I wouldn’t take it so seriously….it’s all entertainment. If it replaces th nine o’clock news then you both may have a point….but it’s an entertainment channel using entertainment to promote an entertainment show….better this than them wanting to axe the show again. We are a fickle lot us whovian’s….never happy and ironically always live in the past. Enjoy it while you can…..it’s only a tv show 😉

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 10:01pm

      which is being turned into a pantomime

      Who is it, he’s behind you!

    • KORSAIR

      August 1st, 2013 - 10:39pm

      Erm Booboo, I have my suspicions about that anonymous poster, seems like a Who insider to me 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 10:51pm

      I wasn’t aware Doctor Who as an entertainment show, i thought it was supposed be a family friendly but scary scifi drama

    • KORSAIR

      August 1st, 2013 - 10:54pm

      Me too.

    • Anonymous

      August 1st, 2013 - 11:20pm

      Which is entertainment…right? The point I’m making is that there is no point taking this so serious it’s only a ‘family friendly but scary sci if drama’. You went to the Proms right….now that’s pomp and pantomime dressed up as a musical celebration….but it’s great…fun…that’s all any of this is meant to be.

      Enjoy the show when you tune in at 7pm on the dot 🙂

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 11:45pm

      The proms was all about celebrating the music

      This style of TV is just turning me off completely

    • the astroanout of death

      August 3rd, 2013 - 1:51pm

      It is just how things go now

      it is just modern tv

  • doc

    August 1st, 2013 - 7:16pm

    booboo will you be awake if so will you upload the ” announcement “

    Reply
  • RTPProductions

    August 1st, 2013 - 6:58pm

    Radio Times have tweeted that there will be an announcement

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:59pm

      its already been leaked all over the place

  • Anonymous

    August 1st, 2013 - 6:50pm

    I think it’s going to reveiale that Omega and about Omega’s arsenal.

    Reply
  • Doctor Stu

    August 1st, 2013 - 6:31pm

    If anyone has a sky box like me then they can just check to see if its on or not or is it not scheduled properly yet?

    Reply
    • Doctor Stu

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:44pm

      Just text my mom and she said that celebrity master mind in on that day so unless they reschedule it I don’t know what’s going to happen

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:45pm

      which was a repeat, this has all been planned

    • Doctor Stu

      August 1st, 2013 - 10:14pm

      Oh ok

  • drjakeyoung

    August 1st, 2013 - 6:27pm

    EPIC!

    Reply
  • the astroanout of death

    August 1st, 2013 - 6:17pm

    I really really really really hope this is true

    I really really really really hope that the doctor is not a woman

    I really really really really hope that they also reveal a 50th trailer on the same night/show

    Reply
  • T4RD1S

    August 1st, 2013 - 6:16pm

    OMG!

    Reply
  • The Supreme Dalek

    August 1st, 2013 - 5:59pm

    I truly hope that this is true! I’d love to see Alan Rickman from Harry Potter (that’s his name, isn’t it?) 🙂

    Reply
    • The Supreme Dalek

      August 1st, 2013 - 5:59pm

      I ment I would love to see him as the Twelfth Doctor.

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:01pm

      peter capaldi seems to be in the frame

    • MONKEY MONK MONK

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:02pm

      but he was in the fires of pompeii

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:04pm

      and Torchwood

    • Almighty Jehovah God Jnr.

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:34pm

      @ MONKEY MONK MONK & booboo – And Colin Baker was in Arc of Infinity. So what’s the problem with Peter Capaldi?

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:35pm

      no problem just pointing out past appearances, pardon me for speaking

    • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:41pm

      that would bug me if it was him, as I would always see John Frobisher and Caecilius at the Doctor.
      It should be someone not very well know.

    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:43pm

      they seem to be going to a lot of trouble, i think he could be brilliant in the role

  • MONKEY MONK MONK

    August 1st, 2013 - 5:57pm

    I hope this is true and not just Moffatt playing tricks again

    Reply
    • booboo

      August 1st, 2013 - 6:03pm

      TV magazine sites have been given advanced warning of the announcement ( the TV programme)

      More than one seem to have broken an embargo and printed full details

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