The latest lead in Doctor Who to be unveiled this Sunday on BBC One
In an apparently embargoed press release the Metro paper revealed details of the programme which will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC America.
The newspaper online announced that the Doctor is to be revealed in a special one-off Doctor Who Live programme on BBC One this Sunday August the 4th at 7pm – the special fronted by Zoe Ball of all people with a live studio audience.
The half hour programme will feature Doctors old and new, companions, special guests and celebrity fans, all taking place against the backdrop of a swirling vortex with Daleks and the TARDIS stationed in the studio.
Earlier in the week the BBC disguised the show in the TV listings, scheduling a fake ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ in the 7.30pm-8pm slot.Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will end months of speculation over who will be taking over from Matt Smith, with Peter Capaldi, Ben Daniels, Ben Whishaw and David Harewood having all been linked with the role, though an unknown actor is perhaps far more likely. – Metro paper.
The publication then went on to note a comment from the producer saying:
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.’Moffat and Smith will both give interviews during the show, commenting on the role and what they believe it takes to play the Doctor.Fans in America will be able to watch the unveiling live via simulcast on BBC America. – Steven Moffat
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One added that the main channel from the corporation is the home of “big live events” and the Doctor Who live programme will be the “perfect way to reveal the identity of the next Doctor”
Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning is also noted as revealing a secret codename for the new time lord as Houdini.
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. – Ben Stephenson
The show airs on Sunday at 7pm