At midnight tonight, this planet will be turned inside-out. There will be nothing le-. Oh, sorry. What I meant to say is that at midnight tonight, an embargo on a BBC press release will be lifted, and we will know…
Well, we can’t actually tell you yet, but rest assured if you haven’t managed to catch a glimpse of the front pages of the Sunday papers on Sky News by then, you’re looking at (perhaps) one of the following:
- Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who
- Steven Moffat is leaving his role as Executive Producer
- A Doctor Who movie has been green lit
- Doctor Who is moving production to Manchester/London
- David Tennant is returning for Series 8
Now, even if we were 100% sure – and we’re not – we wouldn’t really be able to say. But most of fandom – if Twitter is any indication – seems to be resigned to the first.
Could we be approaching the time of the Twelfth Doctor?
We’ll know in a few hours time…
In the meantime, check out this Bleeding Cool article, in which they speculate:
According to our sources, the BBC are tonight going to announce that Matt Smith is leaving the show and that we’ll get a new Doctor as of August next year. They’ll also be announcing how many new episodes we’ll get, and it won’t be one of those cut-in-two seasons like we’ve just been through. In fact, we’ve heard talk that it’s going to run right up to a finale that is also the Christmas special.
We’ll be back at midnight – hope to see you then.
Update: More to think about…
Here are a couple of intriguing tweets. Or teases.
I just heard this rumour – Start date last week in Aug 2014 12 eps. New Doctor. BBC Worldwide email ACCIDENTALLY sent out today to employees
— Ian Levine (@IanLevine) May 30, 2013
Very big Dr Who news embargoed till midnight. Wonder who'll dare break it first?
— Ian Jones (@metro_land) June 1, 2013
There is, of course, every chance that the news will be leaked early by one of the fansites or by a larger corporate entity. That’s if the Sunday paper previews don’t do it first…