From 1933 to 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a series of radio addresses or ‘fireside chats’ designed to help restore the confidence of the American people during understandably difficult times. We are, again, faced with difficult times in that we have no Doctor. In a moment eerily reminiscent of the countless numbers of families huddled around the radio listening to these fireside chats, Doctor Who fans in the UK will gather around the telly tonight at 7pm on BBC One for Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will unveil the 12th Doctor to the world, with host Zoe Ball interviewing the new Time Lord. Fear not, Stateside fans of the Doctor, Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will be simulcast live on BBC America, with UK and US residents discovering the 12th Doctor’s identity together.
“The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS,” said series showrunner, Steven Moffat. “For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.” The half-hour show will include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans. Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “It’s the biggest secret in showbiz, even those working with the new Doctor on other projects at the moment have no idea they are in the presence of the 12th incarnation.”
New Doctor? Now, THAT’S a decision and THIS is the way a ‘decision’ should be broadcast live on television. U.S. fans will immediately flashback to the ludicrous 2010 broadcast of Lebron James’ overblown announcement that he had chosen the Miami Heat over the Cleveland Cavaliers in ESPN’s The Decision“.
Check back with Tellyspotting for the decision should you find yourself away from the telly.