It looks like we'll be waiting a bit longer to find who the next star of 'Doctor Who' will be. Filming for the BBC show's Christmas special, which was originally slated to begin next month, has reportedly been pushed back until the end of summer or the beginning of fall.
According to the Radio Times, BBC insiders are reporting that "filming on the Christmas special - to be followed by the full [eighth] series - will not take place until the autumn - probably August, or even September."
Since this year's Christmas special will mark the first appearance of the still uncast Twelfth Doctor (and the last appearance of current Doctor Matt Smith), it's expected that the BBC will announce the new star of the series sometime before filming begins, to prevent the inevitable leaks that would happen if they attempted to keep the actor's identity secret during filming.
Though the news that Matt Smith was leaving the series only broke at the beginning of the month, it's seemed like a much longer span of time that fans have been speculating about who his replacement is -- and when they will be announced. A long list of possible candidates have been speculated upon and dismissed, and there are no real hints as to who will take on the Doctor's mantle.
We'll be waiting with great anticipation for the news to break, though, and we'll keep you posted wth any new information regarding the Twelfth Doctor that emerges.
'Doctor Who' will return for its 50th anniversary special November 23 on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.