New Doctor Who to be named on BBC

STRAIGHT from the BBC PR robots comes this pants-wettingly exciting bit of news …

STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 1600

The BBC has confirmed it will reveal the identity of the Eleventh Doctor as part of a special edition of Doctor Who Confidential to be aired on BBC ONE tomorrow, Saturday January 3rd at 17.35hrs.

With a new creative team in place for the new series led by Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger, the casting of the new Doctor was job number one to be completed before scripts could be finalised and shooting could begin in summer 2009.

In the Doctor Who special, to be aired tomorrow at 17.35hrs, the actor playing the new Doctor will be giving his or her initial reaction to being the new, eleventh incarnation of one of television’s most loved characters.

Head Of Drama BBC Wales Piers Wenger said “We are so pleased to have been able to cast this person as the new Doctor. We believe the actor is going to bring something very special to the role and will make it absolutely their own – I just can’t wait to tell everyone who it is – it has been a nail biting Christmas trying to keep this under wraps!”.

Doctor Who Confidential – The Eleventh Doctor
Saturday, January 3rd – 17.35hrs, BBC ONE

Holy cow!! This is it!! My Saturday nights in 2010 will stand or fall by the announcement tomorrow.

It’s at times like this that I wish I was involved in the production of Doctor Who and had to make decisions like this, because it would be cool to know this stuff before everyone else. That’s ignoring the crushing workload and pressure too!

Any bets? Paterson Joseph was the early favourite, and James Nesbitt was also mentioned, but based on what Steven Moffat has said in the past, and his desire to take the show in his own direction, I’m going to go for … Bill Nighy.

The reason being that Moffat has stated in the past that his preference would be a groovy grandad type of doctor, although Tennant’s success may have made that type of casting impossible now.

Left field and probably complete bollocks, but we will all know for certain tomorrow teatime. Roll on 5.35pm. The BBC story can be read here.

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