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Published on August 4th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Did Twelfth Doctor Photographer Just Tweet Gender?

Could this be the tweet that puts an end (until next time) to the chatter among a noisy minority for a female incarnation of the Doctor?

Although there are still a few hours to go before we get to see the unveiling of Matt Smith’s replacement in the international simulcast of Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, a major clue has been released – perhaps intentionally.

Apparently shooting publicity snaps of the actor set to be unveiled as the Twelfth Doctor later today, photographer Rankin tweeted this:


But who is “he”? We’ll find out later today – and don’t forget you can catch us live podKasting the big reveal through Google Hangouts and here on the site – check back at 6.30pm GMT for full details!


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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+.

18 Responses to Did Twelfth Doctor Photographer Just Tweet Gender?

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    If there is any significance in a recent follow of his on Twitter, we may have the name too!

  2. avatar Neu 75 says:

    And the name is?

  3. avatar TonyS says:


  4. avatar Neu 75 says:

    He didn’t happen to have the initials SB by any chance?

  5. avatar TonyS says:

    No he didn’t. And I am hoping that it isn’t him.

  6. avatar Martin B says:

    You can’t use the spoilers excuse on us. That’s what I use on people! Who is it then?

    • avatar TonyS says:

      I can use the spoilers excuse. I wish I hadn’t made my original comment now.

  7. avatar Lewis Seymour says:

    Rankin. Whoa. We’ve moved on a bit since the days when the papers sent round the staff photographer to take the snaps of the new Dr, haven’t we!

    • avatar TonyS says:

      Is Rankin famous, then?

      • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

        You could say that. He’s one of the major fashion/portrait photographers of our era.

  8. avatar Neu 75 says:

    Is it me or has the Fonz started puttng on his flippers?

    • avatar TonyS says:

      Let’s hope not. Two hours till we find out.

    • avatar Lewis Seymour says:

      SB? Fonz and flippers? You’ve lost me – when I cannot understand DW cultural references I know I must be getting old…

      • avatar Neu 75 says:

        The “SB” I’m still trying to find the source of but apparently it has something to do with the new Doctor. Initials perhaps?

      • avatar Bob James says:

        Don’t sweat it, Lewis, it was a ridiculous and completely inappropriate analogy.

  9. avatar TonyS says:

    Dr Who Online pointed out that Rankin had recently started following on Twitter Aneurin Barnard, who had been mentioned in connection with the part. Mainly by himself I think. Fonz and flippers is a reference to the episode of Happy Days when the Fonz jumps over a shark. It has become a byword for the point when a programme runs out of ideas and the rot sets in. Thankfully on this occasion the Fonz has taken the flippers off.

    • avatar Neu 75 says:

      Indeed and thank Christ for that!

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