To avoid leaks and spoilers, sweeties, the BBC plans to air the 50th anniversary special simultaneously across the globe. That means viewers on the West Coast of the US will be watching at 11:00 am, while fans in Sydney have to get up at 6:00 am to catch the special.
In other Who news, rumors of a "big mystery announcement" at midnight are spreading around the internet like wildfire. Some speculate that the new Doctor will be named, while others suggest it may just be an announcement announcing a date for the announcement (yo dawg). It's most likey to be an announcement for a live special on Sunday night where the new Doctor will be revealed. Either way, the identity of the next Doctor is pretty likely to be revealed this month. We'll keep you posted.
UPDATE: The BBC announced a live special that will air this Sunday, August 4th at 11:00 PT, 14:00 ET. Tune in to find out who the next Doctor will be!
After scripts meant for translation somehow made their way to the internet, the BBC is asking fans not to spoil the 5 episodes that are floating around. In a statement to RadioTimes, they said:
BBC Worldwide is currently investigating a security issue around Doctor Who Series 8 where unfinished material has inadvertently been made public. We deeply regret this and apologise to all the show's fans, the BBC and the cast and crew who have worked tirelessly making the series.
We would like to make a plea to anyone who might have any of this material and spoilers associated with it not to share it with a wider audience so that everyone can enjoy the show as it should be seen when it launches. We know only too well that Doctor Who fans are the best in the world and we thank them for their help with this and their continued loyalty.
If you don't want to see them, be ever more vigilant. SPOILERS EVERYWHERE.
Confirming his famous Doctor hairdo (sported by the banana above) will be making an appearance in spite of his current shorter look, Matt Smith says:
The coif will be there for the finale in some way, shape, or form, but I think it could be quite funny to have the bald hair. I think you could have, like, that MACaulay Culkin scene in Home Alone when he, like, slaps on the aftershave - I think the Doctor could sort of wake up and be like, 'Ah!' I'm sure Steven will come up with something. He'll come up with something clever.
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