Hey, remember that time, earlier today, when we reported that the announcement of the new Doctor Who would come down the pipe tonight? Yeah, as many of us suspected (including me, who wrote the damn thing), that may have been a little premature. Who ever would have thought that a rumor on the Internet could turn out to be wrong? Shocking, isn’t it?
Ed Stradling, a documentary producer—including extras for many for Doctor Who DVD and Blu-rays—has apparently been talking to showrunner and writer Stephen Moffat and tweeted this on the matter at hand:
Steven Moffat says this morning “I haven’t a clue who it is, we’ve barely started.” So no #doctorwho announcement this evening I fear!
— Ed Stradling (@edstradling) June 8, 2013
Can anyone say that they’re horribly surprised that we’re not going to find out who the twelfth Doctor is? Hell, we just heard Matt Smith was leaving a little more than a week ago. The conspiracy theorist in me just assumes that they already know who Smith’s replacement will be, and that someone has already been cast, but I still didn’t expect to hear about it for a while.
The previous report had three actors—Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Dominic Cooper (Captain America), and Daniel Kaluuya (The Fades)—as being the frontrunners to regenerate into the next incarnation of the Time Lord.
Whoever it winds up being—someone on this list or otherwise—you have to imagine that an announcement will have to come along sometime in the not so distant future. Smith will be around for the 50th Anniversary Special, and the Christmas episode, but aside form that, he’s done. Though we will see him in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut.