While no official announcement has yet been made, we have gleaned the smallest piece of Doctor Who information this week!
Former Doctor Who showrunner, Russel T Davies has confirmed the next Doctor has been chosen, telling Andy West, former Big Brother UK star, on the red carpet at the British LGBT awards “I do know who it is.” The awards took place in May but West only posted the video of him interviewing Davies on Sunday.
To hear the words uttered from the mouth of the man himself head to 4.07.
The world and Whovians everywhere are, of course, on the hunt for the smallest bit of information on which actor will be stepping into the role The Doctor since Peter Capaldi, who plays the Twelfth Doctor, announced he would be stepping away from the role.
The 58-year-old actor announced his departure in January on BBC Radio 2 telling presenter Jo Whiley: “I feel it’s time to move on… I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on.”
Capaldi isn’t the only face leaving the show. Steven Moffat, who has worked on the show since 2004 and helmed it as showrunner from 2010, also announced that Series 10 would be his last.
Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) is taking over as showrunner and he will assume responsibility for the show two pages before the end of the Christmas episode as has become tradition. This means Chibnall also has the responsibility of writing the first dialogue to come out of the newest Doctor’s mouth, and get it right.
Neither Chibnall or the BBC have announced anything regarding the Thirteenth Doctor, but it’s likely we can expect a star-studded announcement show in the style of Capaldi’s take over from Matt Smith in 2013. After all, it’s not every day we get a new Doctor.
The question on many fans minds is whether the new Doctor will be a man or a woman. It has been established in the series that Time Lords (like the Doctor) can change gender when they generate. We’ve already seen this done by The Master returning as Missy in Series 8’s Dark Water (who we will see alongside the Master in the season finale).
Fans are divided over the possibility and Moffat himself has had his own reasons for never making the Doctor a woman. If the new Doctor is a woman it will be an interesting dynamic between both the Doctor and the current companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) as the two women take off on adventures through space and time.
In April, UK tabloid Daily Mirror reported that they had an inside source
telling them the new Doctor had been chosen and that ‘he’ would appear in the final episode of Series 10 before the Christmas special, as Capaldi alluded to. They’re referring to Kris Marshall, best known to the world as Colin in Love Actually. At the time, bookmakers in the UK briefly suspended bets on Marshall becoming the new Doctor.
Another actor bookmakers had to suspend betting on is Phoebe Waller-Bridge, star of her own hit sitcom Fleabag. Waller-Bridge denies she has bagged the role but you will be able to catch her in the untitled Han Solo movie.
Back in April, a BBC Spokesperson told the Mirror “No casting decisions have yet been made on series 11.” However with Russel T Davies confirmation and the air dates for the season finale rapidly approaching it’s anyone’s guess how long Whovians and the world will have to wait before we know the Doctor’s new identity.
Other actors bookies are keeping their eyes on include: Richard Ayode, Tilda Swinton, Olivia Coleman and Richard Madden.
One thing for sure is the time and space between now and when we will know is rapidly shrinking. Hold on Whovians, we don’t have much longer to wait!
Part one of the Doctor Who finale ‘World Enough and Time” airs in Australia on Sunday 25 June at 7:42pm (AEST) on ABC, and ABC Me.
You can check out the synopsis for “World Enough and Time” below:
“Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy.”