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BBC to Announce New ‘Doctor Who’ Star on Sunday With Hour-Long Event

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If you were a Time Lord, you’d be like the Doctor Who producers and already know who the next Doctor will be. Those of us without insider knowledge or time -traveling abilities will just have to wait until Sunday to find out who will replace Matt Smith.

BBC One is turning the announcement into an event, airing an hour-long special featuring Smith and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. Called Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, the special will air in the United Kingdom at 7 p.m. GMT and simultaneously broadcast in the United States at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on BBC America.

Before Smith leaves the character he’s been playing for the past four years, he’ll star in the show’s eighth season as well as the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special alongside his predecessor David Tennant. That airs on Nov. 23 at the same time all over the world.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)


  • Gary Jones

    I do confess to a certain level of bitterness about the shows being broadcast at the same time in the UK and USA.

    We have to pay our TV Tax, license fee, to the BBC and it’d be nice if we got to see the shows first for being forced to do so.

  • Chuck777

    So you can’t watch any live TV without paying £145.50 annual fee? That’s crazy! There has to be a better way of funding the BBC than through such a heavy handed tactic.

    Wow, so the only way to really watch TV is to pay this crazy tax? Do you still have to pay for the equivalent of cable/satellite (paid access to hundreds of channels) on top of this Tax?

    Coming from America where a small number of channels (usually around 6, depending on area) are completely free no matter what, the very idea of disallowing people from watching Live TV is so… Weird. Honestly, I don’t get it. In fact, I find the concept difficult to fathom, really.

    If it makes you feel better, the only way we Americans get access to BBC America is via cable, so it’s not like we’re getting the show for free. :(

  • Sexy O’Sullivan

    We have to pay extra for BBC America. I think it evens out pretty decently/

  • Gary Jones

    If you have the capability to watch or record live TV then you have to pay the license fee. There is no choice.

  • Gary Jones

    The difference is that you have the option to pay for BBC America. We have no choice under law but to do so, if we are capable of recording or watching live TV.