The wait is almost over. The BBC has announced that the new lead of Doctor Who will be revealed tomorrow afternoon.
Through a short filmed plastered with the number 13 (as the new actor will be the drama’s 13th regular Doctor), the show announced the big unveiling would take place after the Wimbledon Men’s final, which starts at 2pm Sunday on BBC1 and will probably last between 2 and 3 hours.
— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) July 14, 2017
Although some fans aren’t quite ready to see Capaldi leave the Tardis for good.
— Sarah (@SarahThrawn) July 14, 2017
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— Domenica (@purpledomm) July 14, 2017
However, the announcement caused havoc among hardy Whovians, with many arguing the new Doctor wouldn’t be the 13th. Remember, some count John Hurt’s War Doctor as the 9th version of the Time Lord and David Tennant as both the 11th and 12th Doctor (he regenerated into himself during the events of Journey’s End). That means the new Doctor would be the 15th incarnation.
*does nerd voice, pushes up glasses* Erm, I think you mean the FIFTEENTH. https://t.co/mEf6jUBw1r
— DISTANT VWORP (@adjwilson) July 14, 2017
But Matt Smith is the 13th Doctor.
*pushes glasses up nose*
See, John Hurt is 9, Eccleston is 10, Tennant is 11 & 12… https://t.co/3tXSRbeeVZ
— ß¡|| Evenson (@BillEvenson) July 14, 2017
But technicalities aside, many see the timing of the announcement a strong clue who’s the next Time Lord in-waiting…
THE WINNER OF WIMBLEDON GETS TO BE THE NEW DOCTOR WHO?
— FrezNoWriMo (@FreezingInferno) July 14, 2017
Is it Andy Murray? 😉 https://t.co/hSbTF0TcNg
— kate goodacre (@not_catherine) July 14, 2017
Probably Federer https://t.co/WcGgtujeaB
— FigchenKelly?❤Nole❤ (@FigchenK) July 14, 2017
Many are hoping a woman will finally lead the sci-fi stalwart…
please be a woman, please be a woman, please be a woman, please be a woman, please be a woman, please be a woman, please be a woman, please https://t.co/bpJ1vFMH5y
— William Goodman (@goodmanw) July 14, 2017
Okay I LOVE the rumours of Jodie Whittaker as the next #DoctorWho
— nick (@thenickofit) July 14, 2017
I've heard a few decent names attached to the role but I'm hoping Kris Marshall lands the job. Think he would be outstanding! #DoctorWho
— Wills (@_WilliamHumes) July 14, 2017
Others have their own, shall we say, left field opinions on who should take over…
— The Miliverse (@TheMiliverse) July 14, 2017
— Soph Williams (@DigitalSoph) July 8, 2017
— Enzo Nicolas Rossi (@EnzoNRossi) July 15, 2017
Yet most will be happy whoever is the next head actor of Who…
Someone's life is about to change forever tomorrow! ???? Hope whoever they are, they're welcomed with open arms #DoctorWho
— Sophie Cowdrey (@sophiecowdrey) July 15, 2017
After all, tomorrow we’ll have a new star wielding the sonic screwdriver and piloting the Tardis to even more adventures. And that can only be a good thing.