Huge Doctor Who news, if this story from Digital Spy turns out to be correct.
They say that the identity of the actor (or, who knows, actress?) who will replace David Tennant next year to become the 11th Doctor will be revealed later today (Saturday, January 3) in an episode of behind-the-scenes show Doctor Who Confidential.
Tune in to BBC1 at 5.35 to find out if this is for real or if they are playing games with us again.
It’s worth noting, mind you, that Doctor Who Confidential has rarely (if ever) aired on the main BBC channel before. Make of that what you will. Here is the official BBC description of the show:
“It has been 45 years since the TARDIS first landed on BBC1. Join us as we look at the lives of the ten Doctors, their most heroic moments and terrifying adventures, as well as the monsters, costumes and companions which have defined them.”
EDIT: It looks like it’s all legit, right enough. This is from the Doctor Who Confidential site:
The BBC confirmed today that 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 03 January at 17:35hrs.
Following the announcement in October that David Tennant would be stepping down from his role as the Doctor at the end of 2009, speculation has been mounting as to who would take over from him for the fifth series of this iconic BBC drama that will air in 2010.
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!”.