Will the next “Doctor Who” be revealed this month?

The secret will be revealed…

When Matt Smith announced his departure from Doctor Who on 1st June 2013, speculation began as to who would be cast in his place. On Tuesday 30th July 2013, Radio Times published their issue for the week beginning Saturday 3rd August 2013. These listings displayed Celebrity Mastermind as being scheduled for Sunday 4th August 2013 at 19:00 on BBC One. On Friday 2nd August 2013, Doctor Who’s press office announced that Smith’s replacement would be revealed in Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, which was to broadcast in that timeslot instead of Celebrity Mastermind. Smith’s departure and Peter Capaldi’s casting were announced within two months of each other.

Capaldi announced his departure on 30th January 2017. Names suggested for his replacement include Tom Ellis (who was included on a Newsnight montage of the different Doctor Who actors), Kris Marshall (who announced his departure from Death in Paradise in the same week), Rudi Dharmalingam (who Tweeted good wishes toward his agent in the weeks following) and Vicky McClure (who’s recently starred in The Replacement). Bookkeepers William Hill hold McClure at 25/1, Ellis at 12/1, Marshall at 8/11 and haven’t listed Dharmalingam.

Word has now emerged that, following rumours of the next Doctor Who having been contracted between Monday 27th February 2017 to Sunday 5th March 2017, the BBC want to announce the casting as soon as possible in order to prevent a leak. The rumour says that William Hill have announced a voting cut off date of Friday 31st March 2017, making Saturday 1st April 2017 or Sunday 2nd April 2017 the most likely date for the reveal to take place – especially given that Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor was broadcast on a Sunday and announced on the previous Friday.

The issue of Radio Times for the week beginning Saturday 1st April 2017 is published on Tuesday 21st March 2017. Any Saturday evening timeslots on Saturday 1st April 2017 and Sunday 2nd April 2017 will be the key programmes to suspect as likely red herrings for another BBC One New Doctor Who Special – especially if one of them is Celebrity Mastermind.

Jenna Coleman vs Pearl Mackie: Becoming the Companion

Introducing JENNA (LOUISE-)COLEMAN as CLARA OSWALD and PEARL MACKIE as BILL

Fathom Events have released a clip of a new bonus documentary to be screened with Pearl Mackie’s debut as Bill Potts in The Pilot (Steven Moffat), Becoming the Companion:

It’s similar to the promotional video (especially in title) that was made for Jenna(-Louise) Coleman’s debut as Clara Oswald in The Snowmen (Steven Moffat), Becoming the Companion:

Series 10 trailer officially released

To the TARDIS! Join the Doctor, Bill and Nardole in “The Pilot” on 15th April

Following a leak from Australian Broadcasting Corporation at the weekend, the Series 10 trailer has now officially been released properly by the BBC. This trailer debuted at half-time of The FA Cup – Quarter-Final: Chelsea v Manchester United.

Series 10 trailer premieres tonight, first episode titled and more…

A new image for “Doctor Who” Series 10 is released, ahead of a 60-second trailer for the season premiering on BBC One tonight (Monday, 13th March) during half-time of “The FA Cup” quarter final match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The image features Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, with Pearl Mackie as his new companion Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole. “Doctor Who” returns to BBC One on Saturday 15 April with episode 1, “The Pilot”.

The Doctor Who press office have announced that Series 10’s trailer (which was leaked a few days ago by Australian Broadcasting Corporation via Google Drive) will officially premiere tonight properly on BBC One during the half time of The FA Cup episode Quarter-Final: Chelsea v Manchester United. This will be between 20:30 and 20:45 GMT. Whether or not this will be in anyway different from the leaked trailer in order to compensate remains to be seen.

The same press release also confirmed that Series 10’s premiere episode is to be titled The Pilot (which is written by Steven Moffat). The working title from location reports was A Star in Her EyeThe Pilot‘s title has a double-meaning; both as the Doctor being the TARDIS pilot (or possibly Nardole being the TARDIS valet), and the way that the introduction of new audience surrogate character Bill Potts essentially makes the episode a series pilot for a new audience.

Plus, the official Series 10 promotional image has been released. In the image, we see: a red planet (possibly Mars, which is featured in an upcoming episode written by Mark Gatiss); ice on the ground (which could refer to the frozen Thames featured in an upcoming episode by Sarah Dollard); fire (which could refer to the fiery monsters seen on location) and Earth – which could possibly be Earth’s twin planet, Mondas – home planet of the Mondasian Cybermen, which are to return this season.

And finally, Kris Marshall – in an interview in Herald Sun, quoted in Doctor Who TV, has denied involvement with Doctor Who in the future. Marshall has become the leading name in the speculation as to who will be the Thirteenth Doctor. Marshall announced his departure from Death in Paradise in the same week that Peter Capaldi announced his departure from Doctor Who, and became such a popular choice as a result that bookmakers were forced to stop betting on Marshall’s name. In the interview, Marshall said:

I wouldn’t put any money on it yet.”

Kris Marshall