The BBC have revealed that the actor, or actress, to play The Twelfth Doctor will be announced on Sunday (Aug 4) during a special live television show on BBC One. Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor airs at 7pm [BST] and is presented by Zoe Ball. Details below:

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 Twelfth 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 fifty
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.”

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 twelfth incarnation.”

Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor 
airs on BBC One, Sun Aug 4 at 7pm [BST]
and LIVE on BBC America

You can check out some of Blogtor’s suggestions to play the role HERE and HERE


  1. Zoey Ball! Have I gone back in time? when was she last on TV? Whose first choice was she for a Doctor Who programme?

    Oh well, I'm still excited.

  2. Come on Nikki Amuka-Bird… I know that's as likely as putting Patrick Troughton back in the role again. But I can still PRETEND it's a possibility.

  3. End this bullshit about "actor or actress". I'm getting sick of this politically correct nonsense of even entertaining the idea of a female Doctor. The Doctor should always be male. Picking a female Doctor would be a complete waste of a regeneration and of our time. No blacks either.


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