Well that was much faster than anyone expected. It was barely a week ago that we learned that Matt Smith will not return to the BBC’s long-running sci-fi adventure Doctor Who. Filling a role this big usually takes some time, but we may find out who will play the twelfth Doctor sooner rather than later.
Sources have told Starburst Magazine that an unnamed Sunday newspaper intended to release the name of the next Doctor tomorrow, before the BBC had a chance to announce it. There had been a rumor that in order to prevent being scooped in such a manner, the network would reveal the identity of the next Time Lord tonight. However, the BBC now says no announcement is planned. They don’t say, however, whether that unnamed Sunday paper actually has the goods.
Smith will return for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special later this year, and also pop up in the annual Christmas Special, but that’s it, you’ve already seen the last of him in regular rotation.