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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!


  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 1:08pm

    no hes the valyard

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 1:07pm

    series 6 is awful but series 3 is epic!!!

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 1:06pm

    it would befunny. hello i am the Doctur and this is my lovlely assistian Claraaa

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 1:04pm

    i disagree because it hypes up doctor who. everything ele is hyped up and it will bring more viewers in

  • Andrew Hall

    August 4th, 2013 - 12:17pm

    I agree with Booboo, its going to be a cringe worthy half hour show with celeb fans giving advice etc. Why not just do what they use to years ago? Unveil the new Doctor at a press photo shoot and thats it done. But no we have to pander to the USA, i will just be glad to see the name of the next actor and be done with it.

  • Da Big Friendly Button

    August 4th, 2013 - 11:42am

    Today is the day!.

  • Da Big Friendly Button

    August 4th, 2013 - 11:42am

    Today is the day!.

    Now all we need are better stories and Doctor who will be golden.

  • booboo

    August 4th, 2013 - 11:15am

    no, will be driving between London and home

    I am really not bothered, i will hear who it is but am not interested in the pantomime lead up to it or the internet scrum that will follow.

  • the astroanout of death

    August 4th, 2013 - 11:13am

    will you be watching it booboo

  • booboo

    August 4th, 2013 - 11:12am

    The USA is a money spinner and a huge, virtually untapped market for the BBC which is why they are getting priority on many things now.

    Most Merchandise information comes from the USA first now ( and i should know), only exception being Character

    The trailer was shown at comic con in order to attract as much publicity in the USA as possible at a showcase event.

  • the astroanout of death

    August 4th, 2013 - 11:04am

    I kind of agree

    moffat dose not really care about us uk doctor who fans

    all he care’s abut is getting new fans and getting usa fans

    I just feel like moffat dose not care about us he dose not show the uk a dr who 50th annerverery trailer

    and to make things worst he puts this giant pantomime on that he thinks the Americas will like it he dose not care about a thing about us British all he cares about is America and new fans
    he dose not about use true who fans anymore

  • booboo

    August 4th, 2013 - 10:56am

    Celebrity fans, video messages from Jo Whiley, Bruno Tonioli? , past Doctor giving “advice” to no 12 live on air. i cant see how any serious actor would want to take part in such a parade.

    no doubt a load of balloons will reign down and Big Ben will strike 12 at the announcement.

    Still its how TV is done these days it seems which i why i hardly ever watch it i’m afraid, its just not for me.

  • the astroanout of death

    August 4th, 2013 - 10:44am


  • booboo

    August 4th, 2013 - 10:42am

    all sounds so way over the top to me that its actually putting me of the whole thing to be honest

  • the astroanout of death

    August 4th, 2013 - 10:40am

    I have found an article on the guests that are going to be in the show

    Anyone shouting, ‘Is there a Doctor in the house?’ during tonight’s Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor won’t be disappointed…

    Peter Davison (the Fifth Doctor) will be there in person and Matt Smith (the current Doctor) and Colin Baker (the Sixth Doctor) will also be contributing.

    The marvellous Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott) will be there in person and there’ll be contributions from former companions including Anneke Wills (Polly), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Janet Fielding (Tegan) and Bonnie Langford (Mel). Writer and actor Mark Gatiss also features in the show by way of a specially recorded video.

    Celebrity fans in the studio include Rufus Hound, Liza Tarbuck and from Outnumbered, Daniel Roche. There’ll also be video contributions from Professor Robert Winston, Jo Whiley, Bruno Tonioli and following his appearance in The Power of Three, Professor Brian Cox.

    And, of course, the next Doctor will be there

  • the astroanout of death

    August 4th, 2013 - 10:23am

    guys I don’t think anyone needs to worry

    the doctor who team always makes the right choices they have already chose three brilliant actors to play the doctor and if they can do that they choose a fourth

  • The Supreme Dalek

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:57am

    Series 7 was one of the best, the only reason it is hated is because fans show hatred towards Moffat. Series Three & Six is what you call a bad series.

  • The Supreme Dalek

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:56am

    He is a Doctor. If he isn’t a Doctor, but is the same Time Lord, then that’s the same thing. Are you trying to say he had a different name? If so, then that’s not what I am talking about. All I am saying is that he is a version of the Doctor, wether he is a forgotten incarnation or something, is unknown.

    So he is the Doctor.

  • thedaleksdeath

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:40am

    It wouldn’t put a surprising face on me…It’ll give me an angry face 😀

  • thedaleksdeath

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:39am

    I doubt a ”Frenchman” will be the famous Timelord (Plus I hate the way they talk English)

  • Granty

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:29am

    John hurt isn’t A doctor…he’s not even THE doctor, but he’s the same timelord, at the risk of nit picking…I would genuinely say that john hurts incarnation was the reason he changed his name to the doctor, it would explain why the doctor was so scared of Clara seeing him…that’s the incarnation the doctor was running from for possible 1000 years…

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:27am

    i hope the next doctor is David Harewood

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:14am

    Doctor who needs to get back on track and i have ways to fix this.

    Longer episodes or more 2 parters: Every story ends the same way. I used to look forward to the next week of doctor who but ever since Steven moffat took over i find it sad at how boring doctor who has become

    Too many jokes: it ruins scene and makes it seem childish

    Stop ruining Continuity: From the deleted history of the daleks to the John hurt plot it has come out of hand. why is he making a new doctor! Cant he think of anything original

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:03am

    he isnt the doctor matt smith said he is not the doctor

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 9:01am

    i wish RTD never left

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 8:56am

    the doctor should be french

  • Dalek the Supreme

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:32am

    You just voiced my opinion. Asylum and Rings are on my top ten, and Mercy, Crimson, and Name are also high up.

  • Dalek the Supreme

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:30am

    Asylum of the Daleks, A Town Called Mercy, The Rings of Akhaten, The Crimson Horror, and The Name of the Doctor are some of my all time favorites!

  • Dalek the Supreme

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:28am

    I disagree, the Doctor isn’t just a dark, tragic character, he is also eccentric and ridiculous too. In my opinion, Matt Smith is the Doctor personified: His performance is eccentric, ridiculous, and childish, but also alien, dark, and even manipulative.

  • Dalek the Supreme

    August 4th, 2013 - 6:24am

    And saliva on the show’s face…

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