It was announced earlier this month that 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith will be leaving the role of the show's time-travelling hero at the end of this year, after four years portraying the iconic character. And with that announcement came the noise of many fans excitedly speculating and guessing as to who Smith's successor might be.
But if you were hoping that current companion Jenna-Louise Coleman would be providing any sort of information, you're wrong. Coleman, who will be the Twelfth Doctor's first companion in series 8, doesn't know who has been cast yet, either.
“Everybody else in the building has asked me who the next Doctor is, and I can tell you honestly we don’t know," Coleman told BBC News. "It’s going to be a long, long search. But yes, I’m being asked that question a lot.”
She continued: “I am completely open, and I have lots of confidence in Steven [Moffat] and all the team. And I’m sure they’re very much across it. But we shall see."
It seems likely to me that the Twelfth Doctor has already been cast -- kepping any auditions under wraps, of course -- but I can't imagine that Steven Moffat or the rest of Doctor Who's creative team would be willing to divulge this massive secret.
In any case, we'll probably find out next month. I think I can wait.
'Doctor Who' will return for its 50th anniversary special November 23 on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.