The ABC has made an official announcement concerning the broadcast of Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor. This one-off special, in which the Twelfth Doctor will be revealed, will be aired live on ABC1 at 4.00 a.m. on Monday 5 August 2103. The show will be available on iview throughout the day and will be repeated on ABC2 at 8:30 p.m. on Monday night. Here’s the ABC’s announcement:
ABC1 is set to simulcast LIVE to Australia the one-off BBC television special Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, in which the next Doctor will be exclusively revealed to the world, this Monday August 5 at 4am EST.
Following the ABC1 broadcast the half-hour show will be available to watch on iview throughout Monday, and replayed at 8.30pm Monday evening on ABC2. Brendan Dahill, Controller ABC1 says: “We are extremely excited to be able to reveal the highly anticipated next Doctor to Australia as the breaking news happens live, direct from the UK – a first for the ABC.”
Regarded as one of the most hotly contested roles in British television, the 12th Doctor will be unveiled during their first ever interview, in front of a live studio audience set against the backdrop of a swirling vortex, amongst Daleks and the TARDIS.
The special will also include live special guests, Doctors old and new, as well as companions and celebrity fans, and will feature clips and moments from across the show’s 50 year history.
Current Doctor Matt Smith and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will both give interviews about one of the biggest roles in TV and set out just what it takes to be the Doctor.
Steven Moffat said: “The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”
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Get your alarm clocks set because ABC TV’s website has listed Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor for 4:00 a.m. on Monday 5 August. Without fanfare our national broadcaster is giving all Australians the opportunity to “participate” in this global event as the next Doctor is revealed. How many of you will be up for it?
You can check out the ABC programme guide here