When Will We Know There’s a New Doctor?

promsDespite the hopes of some, there was no announcement of a new Doctor this past Saturday at the Doctor Who Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London, but there was some pretty good music.

So, what does show-runner Steven Moffat say about when the 12th Doctor will be announced? This:

“Unless we have an insane plan, we’ll announce a new Doctor within days of finalizing the new Doctor. Because it’s very, very hard to keep any kind of a secret. The last time, when we chose Matt, we had to hold over on that one, because there was a Christmas Doctor Who special called ‘The Next Doctor,’ for which Russell T Davies was playing the game of pretending it was going to be David Morrissey. So we couldn’t deflate that…but I think we’ll go public pretty fast.”


And, once announced, the new Time Lord will first appear at the end of the Christmas special:

“That’s not the hope — that’s the plan. It’ll be the traditional regeneration. You know, the 11th will fall and the 12th shall rise. And you’ll see that in the closing moments of the show. I mean, you sometimes sit and think, ‘Are there better ways of doing it? Is there a different way of doing it?’ But quite honestly what could be better than that? It’s just too exciting.”

Until then, watch this clip of Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman visiting the Proms in character (if not in costume):

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