Friday, 2 August 2013
It's official - announcement on Sunday at 7pm
A dreadfully kept secret has now been confirmed by the BBC. 7pm GMT on BBC 1 sees a special programme in which Peter Capaldi - sorry, the new Doctor - will be announced.
These two rumours have gone hand in hand, so can we start to think of PC as No.12? If I was a bookie, I'd refuse to pay out if it does turn out to be the case. It's like insider trading.
The BBC leaks like a sieve.
Is it just me, or is there something inherently stupid in giving news sites news a day or so in advance, and then asking them not to reveal said news until a set time. Wouldn't it be a bit more sensible to sit on the news and only release it at the time when you actually want to announce it - in this age of instantaneous information sharing. Maybe the BBC thinks newspapers still need about 8 hours to put the first edition to bed.
If we are going to have to watch a programme on Sunday with an audience full of Doctor fans dressed as Colin Baker or River Song, I am going to do so having recorded it first, on fast forward, with the sound turned down, until the relevant moment. Of the expected 30 minutes, 29 and a bit will be sycophantic drivel about how only this person could possibly take over, how wonderful they are, yadda yadda yadda etc.
You can trust me on this...