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BBC America Breaks Records With Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary Special

The “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special broke BBC America’s all-time ratings record, with 3.6 million viewers watching the first telecast and an encore on Saturday, reports EW.com’s Inside TV.

On Twitter, the show generated 1.8 million tweets, more than any other cable show for the week, the story adds.

As previously reported, the special set a Guinness World Record for the largest simulcast of a TV drama in history. The episode was simulcast in 94 countries and screened in 1,500 movie theaters.

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The Next ‘Doctor Who’ Star To Be Revealed Sunday

Doctor Who next? That’s the question that’s been on the lips of every fan of the long-running UK sci-fi series ever since Matt Smith announced last month he would be stepping down from the title role.

Smith played the Time Lord’s 11th incarnation. Now BBC has revealed it has found his replacement — and will be unveiling the 12th Doctor live on a surprise TV special Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The show will be simulcast live on BBC America.

“The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS,” showrunner Steven Moffat said in a press release Thursday. “For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”

The announcement show — which prompted the hashtag #DoctorWho to become a worldwide trend Thursday — is a last minute insertion into the BBC TV schedule. That means Moffat very likely made the decision on casting the new actor this week, perhaps even within the last 24 hours.

“We’ll announce a new Doctor within days of finalizing the new Doctor,” Moffat told Entertainment Weekly last month. “Because it’s very, very hard to keep any kind of a secret.”

UK bookmakers William Hill have Peter Capaldi as the odds-on favorite, an actor best known internationally for his role in the movies Local Hero and In The Loop. Capaldi, 55, would be the oldest actor to inhabit the role since the show was rebooted in 2005.

Interestingly enough, Capaldi also appeared in World War Z this year — as a WHO doctor.

David Tennant on Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: “It is lovely to have returned”

David Tennant has spoken about how happy he was to return for the 50th anniversary special.

In an interview with SFX, he said wasn’t surprised to be asked back: “There is a precedent to this, isn’t there? It has happened a few times down the years so it was never out of the realms of possibility that it would happen for the 50th anniversary.”

He adds: “I was more surprised about how long it took to come through. It actually took quite a long time. There had been a sketchy little conversation about it – and there was a long gap before I got the call. For a long time I was starting to think it was never going to happen – so there was an element of surprise there. But the general concept was something I always expected.”

Asked how it felt to be back in the pinstripe, he said: “Well it is all done – I’ve filmed everything. Now I just have to wait for everyone to see it. But, yes, it is lovely to have returned to something that meant so much to me and that was such a happy time. I am grateful that it was a happy time again. There is always that danger of going back to something and it does not turn out quite how you remember it, but that was not the case with this…” Read More at Doctor Who TV

Rory Kinnear Tipped as Next Doctor Who

James Bond star Rory Kinnear has been tipped to take over as the next Doctor Who.

The British actor, who appeared in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, has been named as the bookmakers’ favorite to replace Matt Smith in the cult sci-fi TV show when he steps down after this year’s (13) Christmas special.

Bookies had previously named Ben Daniels as the frontrunner for the coveted job, but Kinnear is now a clear favorite as bosses at Ladbrokes suspended bets on his appointment amid rumors he has been formally offered the job.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes tells the Daily Mirror, “Kinnear has been a popular pick but after a flurry of activity pushed him into favorite, we closed the book (suspended bets).”

The Time Lord has previously been played by actors including David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker.

Matt Smith is Departing the Iconic Role; His Replacement is Yet to Be Announced

The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit BBC One show.

Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas Special.

During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role.

Matt quickly won over fans to be voted Best Actor by Readers of Doctor Who Magazine for the 2010 season. He also received a nod for his first series at the National Television Awards, before winning the Most Popular Male Drama Performance award in 2012.

Matt has played one of the biggest roles in TV with over 77 million fans in the UK, USA and Australiaalone!

Matt Smith says: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

“Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind-bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

“The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!

“It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says: “Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently.
“And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him – sometimes literally – his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor.
“But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt – bow ties were never cooler.
“Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now – all unknowing, just going about their business – is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!”

Having starred alongside three different companions, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), Matt’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Cybermen, as well as Weeping Angels in New York. Regularly heard shouting ‘run’ and ‘Geronimo’, through Matt’s Doctor fans have been introduced to a new culinary combination – fish fingers and custard!

Matt’s spectacular exit is yet to be revealed and will be kept tightly under wraps. He will return to BBC One screens along with David Tennant, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt in the unmissable 50th anniversary episode on Saturday 23 November 2013 – TUNE IN!

David Tennant’s "500 Miles" Video: Doctor Who Cast & Crew Special Performance

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Hey Whovians, and you know who you are! If you haven’t seen the magical David Tennant farewell video (that was posted on Youtube Oct 29) where cast, crew and various monsters dance joyfully to the proclaimers “I’m Gonna (500 Miles)” catch it now. If you look closely, the musicians themselves even make a fun cameo appearance. Did you know David is a huge fan?  It’s a real blast!

For more info on the making of the video, visit our friends at  BBC America.