Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor In BBC America Simulcast!

Coming this Sunday: the name of the Twelfth Doctor! Following confirmation that the advertised BBC recording this Sunday, August 4th is in fact to unveil the next Doctor Who star, we have the full details for you below…


Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor is 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.

Almost universally considered to be one of the most hotly contested roles in British television (other than James Bond, there’s nothing like it!), 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.

With a thirty minute run time, the show will include live special guests, past Doctors, companions and celebrity fans.

Crucially, current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews about one of the biggest roles in TV. Says Steven Moffat:

“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.”

Meamwhile, Charlotte Moore is Controller of BBC:

“BBC One is the home of big live events and this special live show is the perfect way to reveal the identity of the next Doctor and share it with the nation. The Doctor is a truly iconic role and I’m more than excited about the booking.”

Finally, BBC Drama Commissioning Controller Ben Stephenson 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 12th incarnation.”

Crucially, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will be simulcast live on BBC America! More details about guests will be unveiled over he next couple of days.

So there you have it, dear reader – the Twelfth Doctor’s identity will soon be known…

Christian Cawley

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+.

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