UPDATE: Thursday’s announcement is that an announcement is coming! The new Doctor Who will be revealed Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on BBC America. See the full press release below, along with our original report and a trailer for Sunday’s announcement.
Is the BBC about to name the new star of Doctor Who? According to the website of U.K. magazine the Radio Times, at 7:01pm ET, the BBC will make what it is described as a “time-and-space-shattering announcement” about the British science fiction show, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. Of course, the announcement could be that the producers have decided to repaint the TARDIS red, but it seems more likely that we will soon learn the identity of the actor who has been cast to replace Matt Smith, or at least the means by which we will find out (one widely reported rumor is that the BBC plans to reveal the actor’s identity on a special live show to be broadcast this Sunday).
According to doctorwhonews.net British bookmakers William Hill have recently made actor Peter Capaldi the favorite to become the next occupant of the TARDIS. Capaldi garnered huge acclaim in the U.K. for his role of foul-mouthed political enforcer Malcolm Tucker in British comedy The Thick of It and most recently appeared in the zombie movie World War Z.
What do you think about the possibility of Capaldi being cast as the new Time Lord?
DOCTOR WHO LIVE: THE NEXT DOCTOR SPECIAL TO AIR LIVE THIS SUNDAY ON BBC AMERICA
What: The next Doctor of BBC AMERICA’s hit series Doctor Who will be announced during a live special this Sunday afternoon.
When: Sunday, August 4, 2 pm ET LIVE on BBC AMERICA and BBC One in the U.K.
Who: 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.
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.”
Matt Smith will make his penultimate appearance in the 50th Anniversary special on Saturday, November 23, and his Eleventh Doctor will regenerate in the Christmas Special. Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales.