UPDATE 2: Electric Boogaloo: The BBC has officially announced that the next Doctor will indeed be revealed on Sunday! My original story is correct, and the show will be on BBC One at 7 p.m. That’s 2 p.m. for those of us in EST in the good ole U. S. of A. And yes, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, will be simulcast on BBC America.
So, yeah! Take a look at this (And then read my article below. It’s insightful!):
UPDATE 1: So, now it looks like some kind of announcement could happen tonight! Radio Times is reporting “At midnight tonight (or tomorrow morning for those who like to be pedantic) the BBC will make a time-and-space-shattering announcement about Doctor Who.”
I’m old, so I don’t know if I can stay up that late. Oh, noes!
No worries. We’ll keep you posted!
[NOTE: This post was written before the BBC confirmed the announcement would be made on Sunday.] I seriously have my doubts, but there’s a nice little rumor circulating that the next Doctor will be announced this Sunday. Or, at least, the next actor. And no, I’m not counting John Hurt. But, Hurt IS the reason I’m not referring to the next Doctor as the 12th Doctor. I rather favor the idea that 11 is actually 12, because Hurt is the willfully forgotten 9th. It’s all because of what he had to do during the Time Wars, you see. Terrible, horrible things! So, the Doctor hid that incarnation (Hurt) in the dusty corners of his psyche and “forgot” about him.
Back to Sunday’s revelation!
According to Doctor Who TV, there will be a bait and switch on BBC One at 7 p.m. and Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will air in the place of a decoy Celebrity Mastermind rerun. Crafty!
From Doctor Who TV:
The show is going to be filmed in front of a live studio audience with Zoe Ball unveiling the next Doctor. The show will also feature interviews with past Doctors and companions.
Interestingly, this week saw Peter Capaldi inexplicably leap to the top of the bookies lists. Is this because he’s won the role? We’ll find out soon enough.
Time will tell, I suppose. This Peter Capaldi seems like he could be a good fit, I guess.
I mean, I don’t really know.
He is noticeably older than the newer crop of Doctors (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennent, Matt Smith), and that’s not a bad thing; it would give the newer crop of Whovians a different take, I think.
I count myself in that newer crop, by the way, and I include myself in the above statement. By not having access to Doctor Who for various reasons until Eccleston stepped into the role, my exposure to and feelings about the show were shaped in quite a different manner than those who took interest in earlier Doctors. I enjoy the mythos and embrace the premise that all of the Doctors are the same being; however, those who came before Eccleston feel far removed from me and my expectations.
Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy classic Doctor Who! But those series (Doctors 1-8) seem to be from an entirely different show rather than the natural precursor to the show that I enjoy so much. You may throw rocks and pointy objects at me in the comments. I follow the ADAA method and should be quite well.
Have I alienated a large group of you? I hope not!
One of the lovely things about Doctor Who is that it CAN change, really. The premise is such that the Doctor can be interpreted in so many ways, along with his world, his companions, and so forth. The shifts carried over by new directors, showrunners, and even guest and regular writers keeps the show alive and well! It’s what makes a 50-year run possible!
And here’s to many more! Amiright? In the end, we’re all just one big happy Whovian family, aren’t we?
I’m getting all mushy, now! Let’s all join hands and sing!
But, wait…they kinda already did that at SDCC.
So, what do you think, fellow Whovians? Is Capaldi a good choice?