The twelfth Doctor in the “Doctor Who” franchise will be announced this weekend.
BBC America announced that in a special — ‘Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor’ — which kicks off at 2 PM ET on the network this Sunday, the announcement revealing who will be replacing Matt Smith, will be made.
“The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve,” “Doctor Who” Executive Producer Steven Moffat said in a statement on Thursday.
British television presenter Zoe Ball will unveil the new Doctor.
In an interesting twist, the press release from BBC America actually avoided identifying the new Doctor by gender, noting, “Zoe Ball will unveil the Twelfth Doctor in their first ever interview in front of a live studio audience.”
The half hour show will feature special guests, old Doctors and companions and celeb fans. Interviews with Steven and Matt will also air.
Matt’s final episode will be the Christmas special. His penultimate appearance will occur in the 50th Anniversary special, airing November 23.