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article imageNew Doctor Who to be announced soon, Moffat stays as showrunner

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 5, 2013 in Entertainment
Doctor Who: The actor who will play the Twelfth Doctor is likely to be announced soon, the BBC has revealed, and Steven Moffat will oversee at least one more season.
Speculation as to the identity of the person who will play the Doctor in the BBC’s long-running science-fiction television drama series follows the announcement on Saturday that Matt Smith is to step down at the end of this year.
Smith has played the Eleventh Doctor since New Year’s Day 2010, during The End of Time Part Two, which heralded the end of David Tennant’s tenure as the Tenth Doctor.
The news relating to the casting of the new Doctor was reported this morning by RadioTimes.com. “BBC sources have confirmed [that] Smith’s replacement needs to be announced before the [2013] Doctor Who Christmas special begins filming next month,” the report reads. “It would be virtually impossible to keep the identity of the new Doctor a secret even if the entire set went into lockdown during filming.”
As reported by Doctor Who News, the names of many actors are being bandied about, with Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge) and Ben Daniels (Merlin) the current favourites. Other actors in the frame include recent double-BAFTA winner Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Ben Wishaw (Skyfall), Zawe Ashton (Case Histories), Rory Kinnear (Black Mirror), Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) and two actors who have already appeared in Doctor Who, alongside Tennant's Tenth Doctor, and previously suggested by Moffat’s predecessor as showrunner, Russell T Davies, as possible candidates : Russell Tovey (Him and Her) and Harry Lloyd (The Fear).
According to Radio Times, the decision on who will play the next Doctor will be made by a small team of BBC executives: Moffat, former BBC 1 controller, the corporation’s newly appointed head of television Danny Cohen, controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson, Doctor Who’s casting director Andy Pryor and its incoming executive producer Brian Minchin.
This will be the second time Moffat has cast the Doctor – in 2009, as the incoming head writer and executive producer, he was co-responsible for casting Smith, who was, at 26 at the time, the youngest actor ever to take on the role. Davies was co-responsible for casting Smith’s two predecessors, Tennant and Christopher Eccleston. Since 2004, Pryor, meanwhile, has helped cast every Doctor since the show’s full-time return to TV screens.
RadioTimes.com also confirmed this morning that Doctor Who’s current showrunner, Steven Moffat, “has signed up for at least another year” – silencing speculation that he, too, was about to step down.
50 years to the day!
Smith’s third full season as the Doctor came to a couple of weeks ago, with The Name of the Doctor. That episode set up events for the 50th anniversary special, which will be broadcast later this year, on Saturday, 23 November – the exact day and date that the first-ever episode was shown in the UK way back in 1963.
In the special – which was recorded prior to Smith’s sojourn to Hollywood to film Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster – the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors will appear together for the first time, and will be joined by John Hurt as a hitherto unknown incarnation of the Doctor.
The Twelfth Doctor is expected to make his or her debut at the end of this year’s Christmas episode and will be accompanied by the Doctor’s current sidekick, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman).
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