Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor
Doctor Who Live: The Next DoctorFactual Programme: 128
Writer: Paul Powell
Director: Simon Staffurth
Featuring: Zoë Ball Ball, Jenna Coleman, Bernard Cribbins OBE, Peter Davison, Matt Smith, Steven Moffat, Colin Baker, Mark Gatiss, Peter Capaldi, Rufus Hound, Daniel Roche
First Broadcast: Sun 04 Aug 2013
Running Time: 30 minutes 0 seconds
Average Audience: 6.10 Million
BBC Press Release
In a special one-off live television event on BBC One this Sunday 4 August at 7pm, the next Doctor will be exclusively revealed to the nation.
Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the show's host Zoe Ball will unveil the 12th Doctor in the first-ever interview in front of a live studio audience set against the backdrop of a swirling vortex, among Daleks and the TARDIS.
The half-hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans.
Excitement will reach fever pitch as they speculate and recall their favourites, plus feature clips and moments from across the show's 50-year history.
Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews about one of the biggest roles in TV and set out just what it takes to be the Doctor.
Steven Moffat says: The decision is made and the time has come to reveal whos taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: 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 Im more than excited about the booking.
Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning says: 'We can't wait to unveil the next Doctor with everyone live on BBC One 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! Its 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.
Keep up to date with all the latest news about the show and special guests as we build to the big climax over the next few days, and follow facebook.com/BBCOne, and @bbcdoctorwho and bbc.co.uk/doctorwho.
The special live show is made by BBC Entertainment and Events for BBC One. Guy Freeman is Executive producer and Pinki Chambers is Executive Commissioning Editor. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One.
The show will be simulcast live on BBC America.
Doctor Who is produced by BBC Cymru Wales
As noted in the BBC Press Release, BBC America would simulcast the live programme at 2:00pm East Coast time. This was soon followed up by Canada, with Bell Media reporting:
Space announced today that it is aligning with BBC America and BBC One in the UK to deliver a space-and-time shattering casting announcement about Spaces #1 series, Doctor Who. The announcement of the actor chosen to embody the Twelfth Time Lord will be revealed in the live, commercial-free simulcast special, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, exclusively on Space in Canada, Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. ET. Until then, Whovians who cant stand the anticipation can weigh in with their comments at space.ca or tweet #DWAnnouncement @SpaceChannel
Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor host Zoe Ball will unveil the Twelfth Doctor in front of a live studio audience set against the backdrop of a swirling vortex, Daleks, and the TARDIS.
The half hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans. Excitement reaches fever pitch as they speculate and recall their favourite Doctors, and moments from across the series 50-year history. Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat both give interviews about one of the biggest roles in TV, and set out just what it takes to be the Doctor.
The decision is made and the time has come to reveal whos taking over the TARDIS, said Moffat. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking 12.
ABC1 later confirmed that they too would simulcast in Australia at 4:00am local time.