“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.”
Thus did Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat announce that the new Doctor will be unveiled to the world live on-air, Sunday 4 August.
It will be simulcast on BBC One in the UK, BBC America in the US and ABC in Australia.
According to a BBC press release, “The half-hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans.”
By the end of the half hour white smoke will be billowing from the chimney of New Broadcasting House and Moffat will step out onto the balcony to declare, “HABEMUS MEDICUS!”
So, the all-important question is, who will play the Twelfth Doctor? Peter Capaldi may be the bookies’ favourite, but I’m not buying it.
Right now, in the absence of any hard evidence whatsoever, I’m going to speculate wildly and say: Tom Ellis.
No, the Miranda star didn’t make it onto the TVClaw Casting Wishlist, but his spooky drama pilot Gothica was passed over by ABC at the May upfronts and he seems to have cleared his other television commitments lately (something ex-EastEnders moppet Sean Maguire is rather grateful for).
Why Tom Ellis? He’s known (but not too well-known) to US audiences from his guest spots on Once Upon A Time, and his stint in short-lived BBC supernatural drama The Fades showed that he’s adept at playing roles other than eye candy. Diving into US pilot territory showed that he’s ambitious and keen to move out of Miranda‘s shadow. Plus, he’s Welsh so will obviously love filming back in Cardiff!
If not Ellis, then I’ll hedge my bets, go with the bookies’ picks and predict it will be one of: Daniel Rigby, Ben Daniels or Andrew Scott.
Am I right? Add your picks in Comments.
Stay tuned for updates!
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will air on BBC One, BBC America, ABC (Australia) on Sunday 4 August, 7pm BST
Check out the teaser trailer here.