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Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor Will Be Revealed In TV Special This Sunday

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SmithIt’s one of those great geek moments that comes around now and again: one Doctor’s leaving, the next is yet to be revealed. Since Matt Smith confirmed that he’s leaving Doctor Who after the 50th anniversary episode this fall, Whovians the world over have been debating who might next take up the mantle of everybody’s favorite slightly insane Time Lord. Well, it turns out we won’t have to wait much longer: the new Doctor will be revealed this Sunday in a televised special that will include interviews with executive producer Steven Moffat, departing Doctor Matt Smith, and the new guy, Who-ever he may be.

Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will air Sunday, August 4, at 2pm ET on BBC America and BBC One in the UK. It’ll be hosted by English TV personality Zoe Ball, but I’m pretty sure none of us care about that part. The new Doctor will be announced in front of a live audience, and in addition to Moffat, Smith, and the new Doctor, the special will also include “Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans.” It’ll be interesting to see if they wrangle all the surviving Doctors to participate (even though they didn’t bring them all back for the 50th anniversary episode, ahem).

Moffat of course had to play up the drama in the press release: ““The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”

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Michael Jackson Could Have Starred In A Doctor Who Movie: Behold The Darkest Timeline

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Scientists have long speculated that we could be living in just one universe out of a multitude. Somewhere out there is a reality where JFK survived the assassination attempt. Where Star Trek was canceled after a single season and never heard from again. There’s one where Battlefield Earth was a colossal box office hit that swept the Academy Awards. We can be particularly thankful that we didn’t end up in that latter timeline, but I’d take it any day over living in the universe where Michael Jackson played the Doctor in a big-screen Doctor Who movie. Which, by the way, is a totally real thing that could have happened.

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Our universe got off easy.

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Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Episode May See The Return Of Another Former Doctor

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One of the most frustrating things about the upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary special episode is that it’s got a severe shortage of Doctors. In spite of the fact that eight of the eleven actors who have played the Doctor over the years are still alive and kicking, only the most recent two — David Tennant and Matt Smith — will be involved in the special. Of course bringing them all back might have involved some logistical acrobatics, and yes most of the older Doctors look significantly different than they did during their years on the show, but if ever there was a time to figure out a way to make it happen, the 50th anniversary is it. Let’s face it, there’s going to be a lot fewer of them around when the 75th anniversary arrives. Now, however, a new rumor suggests that we might be getting one more Doctor in the special after all.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE UPCOMING WHO 5OTH BELOW!

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Doctor Who Fans In The U.K. Irked That The 50th Anniversary Trailer Premiered At Comic-Con

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WhoPlenty of fans are still coasting on their Comic-Con high, while sites such as ours continue sifting through the tons of new announcements and revelations unleashed by the annual pop culture singularity that recently wrapped up in San Diego. It’s always a little sad for those of us who didn’t get to make the pilgrimage out there in any given year, but it seems that Doctor Who fans in the United Kingdom are particularly irritated by one specific element of of this year’s Con programming: the premiere of the trailer for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode. It’s not that they objected to it being shown, of course; they’re just not happy that it premiered here in the States first, rather than in its native country.

As we reported earlier, the trailer was premiered for the Comic-Con crowd during the Sunday Doctor Who panel in the San Diego convention center’s massive Hall H. Once word got out, the nerd rage began simmering across social media, after beaming Comic-Con attendees began gushing about the awesomeness of the Who panel and the new trailer online. Soon enough, the backlash from U.K. fans began. Angry Tweets and Facebook postings all struck the same chord, as reported by the Radio Times:

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Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor Gets The Spotlight: This Week In Science Fiction

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McCoyDoctor Who: The Doctors Revisited — The Seventh Doctor
BBC America, Saturday, July 27, 7/6c

Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is no small milestone, and one of the ways BBC America has been celebrating it here in the States is with retrospective specials covering each incarnation of the Doctor. With only four months left before we see the much-hyped anniversary episode, the latest special is tipping a (Panama) hat to the Seventh Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy. He played the Time Lord from 1987 – 1989, and later appeared in Fox’s 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, where he regenerated into the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann). Sadly, McGann’s tenure only lasted for that single movie, setting aside expanded universe material such as books and comics. (It’ll be interesting to see how they find enough content to fill out the McGann special next month.)

For some reason Tom Baker and McCoy pretty much dominated my Doctor Who experience growing up. The show aired on my local PBS station, and for whatever reason I only ever seemed to catch the Baker and McCoy episodes. That makes me a little sad that neither of them will be involved in the anniversary episode (although I do have to admit that their change in physical appearance over the decades would require a bit of explanation…). Thankfully, fellow McCoy fans will be able to get another adventure of the Seventh Doctor — as well as the Fourth (Baker), Fifth (Peter Davison), Sixth (Colin Baker), and Eighth (McGann) — in the upcoming Big Finish audio drama The Light at the End, which is set to release this November.

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Doctor Who Comic-Con Footage Pits The Doctor(s) Against His Most Deadly Foe

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First the bad news: the awesome-sounding 50th Anniversary Doctor Who trailer that was screened at Comic-Con last yesterday has not yet been posted/leaked to the Internet. That’s one of the biggest reasons to go to Comic-Con: even in this digital age, there’s still a bunch of stuff that you can only see there. And even if the footage does eventually get a larger release, it’s just not the same as being in the room with hundreds of other fans, all getting to see something new and amazing. For the meantime, we’ll just have to make do with a second-hand account, courtesy of the folks over at io9.

IF YOU WANT TO STAY SPOILER-FREE, STAY NORTH OF THE DOCTORS!

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