BBC America to Reveal New ‘Doctor Who’ on Sunday

by | August 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM | Doctor Who, TV News

Matt Smith as "Doctor Who" (Photo: BBC America)

Prepare yourselves “Doctor Who” fans … the highly anticipated reveal you’ve all been waiting for is near! BBC America will reveal who, exactly, is the new “Doctor Who” this Sunday in a live special.

In “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor,” airing Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, the network will simulcast the program, along with BBC One in the U.K., to announce the next actor to take on the iconic role that has most recently been played by Matt Smith.

“The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS,” says executive producer Steven Moffat. “For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”

In a press release, the network gave this description of the special: “Widely regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the special’s host Zoe Ball will unveil the Twelfth Doctor in their first ever interview in front of a live studio audience. The half hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans. Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews in the special.”

Smith announced in early June that he was leaving “Doctor Who” after nearly four years and will depart the series later this year. “Doctor Who’s” 50th Anniversary special on Saturday, November 23 will mark Smith’s penultimate appearance as the Eleventh Doctor, before he regenerates in the show’s annual Christmas Special to make way for the Twelfth Doctor to make his (or her) debut.