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Published on July 23rd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

August Reveal for Twelve More Likely?

While the speculation might well continue as to who will be the new Doctor (it could be Anthony Head; it could be Rupert Grint – we just don’t know!) the Radio Times – which remember is now a licensed magazine no longer produced by the BBC – is claiming we’ll find out in August!

dwc-logomoff-hp3According to the magazine’s website, the reveal may also include the return of Doctor Who Confidential for a one-off special.

consideration is being given to unveiling the new Doctor on a surprise Doctor Who Confidential as happened with Matt Smith’s unveiling in 2010, with some sources confirming that it will be in August.

Perhaps the wait won’t be as long as we’d thought – but who will it be? And have they already been cast, despite what Steven Moffat says…


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

27 Responses to August Reveal for Twelve More Likely?

  1. avatar lee moone says:

    That would be great if they could pull it off again. But Moffat ‘s era has suffered from bad leaks. Fingers crossed!

  2. avatar lozzer says:

    I’d rather they just tell us in a press release than make us sweat through an episode of confidential – you know they will take great pleasure in parading totally inappropriate candidates in front of us to let us know just haw PC they are before finally making the big reveal…

  3. avatar Lewis Seymour says:

    August could mean the Bank Holiday weekend, which would make sense if they are due to start production on the xmas special in September (pre-prooduction starting late Aug). But we’ll see. Bit alarmed that Moffat claims he’s only written third of xmas special so far! If he wasn’t the producer he’d probably have been fired! Maybe better if he didn’t waste time attending conventions…

    Saw “Skyfall” last night for first time – with at least two candidates in it (three if you count Naomie Harris). Did not think much of Kinnear – no screen presence at all. Whishaw was better, but far too much like Smith physically. Hopefully their denials will prove to be true.

    • August is also Edinburgh TV festival

      • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

        Certainly more likely to use Edinburgh than San Diego – not sure why some people thought they’d announce it in America, which would go down like a lead balloon!

        • avatar Randall S. says:

          Wish I lived in the UK then I wouldn’t have to spend so much time looking for news and information about my favorite shows like Doctor Who

        • avatar Louis says:

          lead balloons actually can float. Watch you some mythbusters.

    • avatar Sully skillz says:

      I can confirm whishaw will not be the doctor i know his brother

      • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

        That must be nice for you but what if he hasn’t told his brother yet?

  4. avatar Neu 75 says:

    I think it might be a waste of License payers money to pull the same trick twice.
    Announce it on the One Show or something…

    • Shipping a bus to Dubai might be considered a waste of money. A talking head clip show? Hardly!

    • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

      The BBC have never been known to waste licence payers money…

  5. avatar lee moone says:

    Perhaps they should commission confidential for Matt’s last story and 12′s first season only?

  6. avatar Colin says:

    I definitely think the announcement should be made by posting a note on the gates of Buckingham Palace, and have the band strike up “Congratulations”–oh, wait, they did that already?! ;)

    • avatar TonyS says:

      And that’s what we know about the new Doctor: it’s a boy.

  7. avatar authorman94 says:

    I hope they do a special like they did for Matt, since they cover the entire show’s history, and that is very appropriate for the 50th anniversary.

  8. avatar drewboynton says:

    I’d take Anthony Head or Rupert Grint!

  9. avatar cmom says:

    Still hoping for Laurence Fox, after all he is married to Billie Piper :)

    • avatar David F says:

      Is that an important qualification? If it is, I suggest Richard Dawkins, Melvyn Hayes (if he’s still married to Wendy Padbury, which he might not be) or the bloke who originally sang the theme tune to Neighbours.

      Not sure this is the best casting criteria . . .

  10. avatar Lewis Seymour says:

    Thinking about it, isn’t there a Culture Show special being made? Matthew Sweet is writing/presenting isn’t he?

  11. avatar lcgrissom says:

    It’ll be either Hugh Laurie or Amanda Bynes, right?

    Really tired of the rampant speculation…. Let’s just wait and see ;-)

  12. avatar Lewis Seymour says:

    Had a rather alarming thought – what if they can’t find anyone? What if the ones they want turn it down? We could end up with some panic casting just to fill it! Moffat has said this is the most important thing he is doing at the moment – if he gets it wrong, it could end the show. What if he does get it wrong? Famously it has been said no one has failed in the role – which is utter tripe as I can think of at least two that have (and you may have others, depending on your preferences!). Is the silence a deliberate ploy, or is it a sign of a failure to find someone suitable? Now I am getting worried!

    • Moffat will not get it wrong.

      (After all, we only have his word that it is actually up to him… ;) )

      • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

        Well, no Doctor has solely been the choice of the Producers – their bosses will always have to confirm it, but then that doesn’t mean to say they will make the right decision either! (somebody allowed McCoy’s casting, after all…) I have little faith in the BBC. If it comes down to the wire, my fear – which I hope would be unfounded, is that they’ll end up just going for someone, anyone, because they haven’t managed to get the one they wanted. God, the interminable waiting is getting on my nerves!!!

        • avatar Mr Paddy says:

          Nothing wrong with McCoy’s casting. The writing of his early serials suffered due to exactly the sort of last-minute panic situation you describe, but his later stories went on to win him a lot of fans.

  13. The point about the Radio Times being no longer produced by the BBC is very important to remember. Although they are often very reliable, they are not the authoritative source they once were. I for one wish to thank you for reminding us of that.

  14. avatar David says:

    convinced they will turn up in the 50th anniversary special before regeneration purely because it’s never been done before

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