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August 2nd, 2013 209 comments

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!


  • booboo

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:05am

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

  • Jamie

    August 2nd, 2013 - 12:02am

    I have tickets for the live show! 😀

  • booboo

    August 1st, 2013 - 11:45pm

    The proms was all about celebrating the music

    This style of TV is just turning me off completely

  • pug dalek

    August 1st, 2013 - 11:30pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • Tardis’nt

    August 1st, 2013 - 11:15pm

    That’s true!

  • 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.

  • Tinnky

    August 1st, 2013 - 11:08pm

    Can anyone post s Link for the liveshow?

  • Tinnky

    August 1st, 2013 - 11:06pm

    Can Anyone post a Link for the liveshow?

  • 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


    August 1st, 2013 - 10:54pm

    Me too.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!


    August 1st, 2013 - 10:39pm

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

  • Tardis’nt

    August 1st, 2013 - 10:30pm

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

  • drjakeyoung

    August 1st, 2013 - 10:25pm

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

  • 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…

  • Doctor Stu

    August 1st, 2013 - 10:14pm

    Oh ok

  • booboo

    August 1st, 2013 - 10:01pm

    which is being turned into a pantomime

    Who is it, he’s behind you!

  • TheBritishCupOfTea

    August 1st, 2013 - 9:58pm

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

  • Doctorwholew

    August 1st, 2013 - 9:56pm

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

  • 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…’s only a tv show 😉

  • 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.


    August 1st, 2013 - 9:30pm

    Just two hours and 29 minutes

  • 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”??

  • booboo

    August 1st, 2013 - 8:54pm

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

  • 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!!!!!

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