‘Doctor Who’ season 8 spoilers: Steven Moffat on John Hurt, announcing 12th Doctor

July 11, 2013 5 comments
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Doctor WhoIt’s no secret at the moment that just about everyone is curious to find out who is going to be playing the 12th Doctor on “Doctor Who” season 8, and there will be an answer coming to that mystery eventually. Unfortunately, you’re going to feel extremely silly if you try to set a specific date for it to happen. There are actors still being considered across the board, and to this point there has not even been confirmation on whether or not the character will be played by a man or a woman.

What can we say for now? That once the contract is finalized on this character, it looks to be announced not long after that. These are the words that are coming in now via executive producer Steven Moffat, who had the following to say on the subject in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“Unless we have an insane plan, we’ll announce a new Doctor within days of finalizing the new Doctor. Because it’s very very hard to keep any kind of a secret. The last time, when we chose Matt, we had to hold over on that one, because there was a Christmas Doctor Who special called ‘The Next Doctor’ for which Russell (T. Davies, former Doctor Who showrunner) was playing the game of pretending it was going to be David Morrissey. So we couldn’t deflate that. But I think we’ll go public pretty fast.”

Moffat also talked briefly about the 50th anniversary special airing on November 23, which he confirmed would be longer than the average installment of the show. In addition to that, he shared a few thoughts on what it was like working with the incredible John Hurt on his mysterious role:

“…He’s terrific. It’s a lovely 50th anniversary treat, I suppose. You get a whole new Doctor played by a proper screen legend.”

Do you have any particular ambitions or hopes for this 12th Doctor? As per always, we want to hear some of your thoughts with a comment below! If you would like to even more “Doctor Who”-related news specifically focused on Smith, you can do so over at the link here.

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