I’ll give the last word to Matt Bogen
— Matt Bogen (@mattbogen) August 4, 2013
2:57 Just a reminder we haven’t “established” the doctor can regenerate into a woman there was a throw away line in “The Doctor’s wife” and a couple of seconds at the start of the 11th doctor’s where because of his hair he thought he was a girl (regeneration confusion) but until we see a Time Lord who has in fact regenerated into a different sex it hasn’t been established at all. If Moffat chooses to introduce a time lord that does so, that’s a different story.
2:50 Huff po actually beat the BBC by several minutes but couldn’t help but play the PC card:
Oscar winner Helen Mirren said she won’t play the Doctor, but it’s time there was a woman in the role. “I’m not going to be the first female ‘Doctor Who.’ No, no, no. Absolutely not, I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that … but I do think it’s well over-time to have a female ‘Doctor Who’ … I think a gay, black female ‘Doctor Who’ would be best of all,” Mirren told Daybreak.
The relevance of this opinion post reveal is well, zero but Huff po is Huff po so that’s what really count.
2:44 The BBC has a bare bones story up:
Actor Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new star of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.
The Glasgow-born star will be the 12th actor to play the Doctor, replacing outgoing star Matt Smith.
He is best known for his role as foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It.
“It’s so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it’s been so fantastic,” Capaldi said after the news was revealed on a live BBC One show.
The 55-year-old had been the bookmakers favourite to take on the role and had suspended all betting on the star on Friday.
Nothing on IMDB or memeorandum or wesmirch but his Wikipedia entry has been updated.
2:43 This is the first time since the TV movie 1996 that the Doctor has been played by an actor older than I am and the first time since the days of Sylvester McCoy (1989) that the Doctor has a companion played by a woman young enough to be his daughter so likely the whole sexual tension stuff is done with. I think that’s not a bad thing.
2:36 Apparently the Bookies knew before us:
On Thursday, Comicbook.com pointed out how there had been a flurry of bets placed on Peter Capaldi to become the 12th Doctor on Doctor Who shortly before it was revealed that the BBC would officially be announcing the new Doctor this weekend. The timing of the rise in bets before the official revelation that the BBC had made a decision certainly points to those in the know attempting to capitalize on their knowledge. Now, bookies have become so certain that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor that they have stopped taking bets.
2:30 Capaldi’s IMDB
2:27 Peter Capaldi is picked as the 12th Doctor, liked him very much in The Fires of Pompeii
2:17 “Tom Baker will always be “the Doctor”
2:15 @bbcdoctorwho had 599,858 followers at the start of the show, over 603,683 as of now
2:12 Matt Smith on playing Doctor Who: “There are no parts like this.”
2:09 Peter Davison (5th doctor) on his daughter who plays the Doctor’s daughter being married to David Tennant (10th doctor) “While I was giving the father of the Bride Speech it was very confusing.”
2:00 Twitter stream for #doctorwho & #12thdoctor too fast to keep up with
1:55: Better way to put it, Imagine if Star Trek was never cancelled but a new captain of the enterprise was named every 3-7 years. The Actor who became the Captain would become iconic.
1:52 I don’t think non Doctor Who fans can appreciated how big this is in England and the Commonwealth. The nearest equivalent would be maybe if there was a special that announced the new host of the Tonight Show was announced on a special.
— The 12th Doctor – (@TwelthDoctor) August 4, 2013
1:44 the people in the running according to Whatculture 1:41:
According to the BBC only 10 people know who the #12thdoctor is
— David Tennant Fans (@TenletFans) August 4, 2013
1:38 Just got home from helping a friend building a three season porch. BBC America now on awaiting the show…