The Next Doctor Will Be Announced This Sunday
The following article contains Doctor Who series 10 spoilers.
After months of speculation over the identity of the next Doctor, the BBC will finally put Whovians out of their misery and reveal the actor (or actress) that will replace Peter Capaldi. In a special TV event that will be broadcast directly after the Wimbledon Men's Final on Sunday night on BBC One, the world will be introduced to the thirteenth Doctor.
Ever since Capaldi announced he would be departing alongside showrunner Steven Moffat, there's been no shortage of rumours as to who will take over the TARDIS. Death in Paradise star Kris Marshall and Fleabag's Pheobe Waller-Bridge were previously the hot favourites, but it's still refreshingly unclear as to who will land the iconic role.
Capaldi's time as The Doctor might have gotten off to a wobbly start, but the ninth series was a return to form, and the recently concluded tenth run was an absolute classic. I mentioned at the top of this article that there would be spoilers, so if you haven't seen series ten then consider this your final warning.
The series ten finale (The Doctor Falls) delivered a belter of an episode and featured a surprise appearance from David Bradley as The First Doctor during the closing moments. Capaldi's Doctor was refusing to regenerate after his battle with the Modasian Cybermen, so the TARDIS took him to the site of The First Doctor's regeneration. The First Doctor's final story saw the introduction of the Cybermen in The Tenth Planet, so it is fitting that Capaldi will end his era with an adventure with the original Doctor.
The casting of David Bradley is an inspired choice, even more so because Bradley portrayed First Doctor actor William Hartnell in the 2013 biopic An Adventure in Space and Time. Written by Mark Gatiss, the feature length special was broadcast as part of the 50th anniversary back in 2013. Bradley gave a heartfelt performance as William Hartnell, and I can't think of any other actor more suitable for the role.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is taking over from Steven Moffat, and production will be kicking off some time before the end of the year. Pending any Wimbledon delays, the Doctor Who announcement will be on BBC One around 6.30pm.