Fans of the long-running sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' -- and the Internet at large -- should start preparing themselves for this weekend, because that's when the BBC's dropping the big one. The long-awaited announcement of the show's new star -- the Twelfth Doctor -- will happen Sunday, it's being reported.
That's hardly enough time to emotionally prepare ourselves.
This Sunday, Aug. 4, at 7pm BST (that's 2pm EST), a special titled 'Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor' will air on BBC One. It will feature a series of interviews with the cast and crew of the show -- including past Doctors -- before revealing who will next step into one of the biggest roles on television. The special, hosted by BBC personality Zoe Ball, will reportedly be filmed in front of a live studio audience.
For 'Doctor Who' fans, it will be more intense than the season finale of any reality show.
The announcement will come just over two months after current star Matt Smith announced that he would be leaving his role as the Eleventh Doctor after the 2013 Christmas special. Smith, who took over the role from David Tennant in 2010, will next appear alongside Tennant in the 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary special, which airs November 23, before returning for his final episode at Christmas (the Christmas special will also mark the first appearance of the Twelfth Doctor). Current companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is slated to remain a cast member into next year's eighth series.
Bookies' lists surrounding the series have seen the odds increase drastically this week (and for no apparent reason) for actor Peter Capaldi. The 'Thick of It' and 'The Hour' star, who previously appeared in series 4's "The Fires of Pompeii" (aside a then-unknown Karen Gillan), is apparently the favorite, and I have no problem with that at all; Capaldi would be a fantastic Doctor, despite the fact that I'd be waiting for him to break out into violent bouts of swearing the entire time.
Who would you like to replace Matt Smith?
'Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor' airs Sunday, Aug. 4 at 7pm BST/2pm EST on BBC One.