Well folks, we’re just over an hour away from the announcement of Who (pun intended) will be playing the 12th Doctor on the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO, and the lineup of the guests for the live special is looking pretty impressive.
Of course 11th Doctor Matt Smith will be there to pass the torch, but he’ll also be joined by Peter Davidson and Colin Baker, our 5th and 6th Doctors, as well as Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott), Bonnie Langford (Mel), and Janet Fielding (Tegan). Katy Manning, who returned as Jo Grant in The Sarah Jane Adventures alongside Smith will also be there, as well, and, quite nice to see, especially in light of the fast approaching 50th Anniversary, we also have Anneke Wills, who played Polly in both the 1st and 2nd Doctor’s runs. Everything I’m seeing says “including” in regards to those great WHO actors, so there may still be some surprises ahead for us, aside, of course, from the identity of our newest Doctor.
We also know that there will be video clips from Mark Gatiss, Professor Brian Cox and Professor Robert Winston, the former, of course, a writer and actor for the show, and as for the latter two gentlemen, well, you may remember Professor Cox from his appearance in “The Power Of Three” and his many, many BBC specials. A huge fan of science fiction, Cox was science advisor for SUNSHINE and gave the Ninth Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture. Robert Winston also brings a long and stellar history of BBC science specials with him, and if you haven’t seen his The Human Body or Walking With Cavemen, you really should.
For those of you with BBC America, and of course, our UK readers watching on BBC One, you’ll get to watch it all live at 1pm Central time in the US, and 7pm in the UK. For the rest of you… well.
Watch this space, yeah?
The Countdown continues…