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So why do you need to know which actor - codename Houdini - has been selected to play the Doctor in the BBC series "Dr Who?" following Matt Smith's departure in the Christmas special in December?

1. You are a Whovian
2. Geek cred that you were one of the first members of the public to know?
3. You are into celebrity trivial
4. You don't know but you got lured into the diary on a slow day.

The name of the new actor (or actress?) is to be announced in a live special on BBC One at 19:00 B.S.T. Those of you with naughty VPN access should note.

Knowing Auntie the name will likely come late in the programme but I'll post as it goes along.

11:08 AM PT: Programme starts with flashbacks of previous Doctors and companions.

11:10 AM PT: Interview with Peter Davison (previous Doctor) and two other actors who have appeared in the series.

11:11 AM PT: Large Tardis (bit of a contradiction in terms) at the center of the set (with new Doctor inside?)

11:15 AM PT: Peter Davison praises Partick Troughton, the first Doctor he knew, for creating the role.

Interview with Matt Smith (looks like the big reveal is going to be at the end)

11:19 AM PT: Zoe Ball (presenter) gives teaser "he - or is it she?"

11:17 AM PT: Zoe explains regeneration. Previous companions and others explain character. Stephen Hawking "He is a soldier".

11:25 AM PT: Interview with Bernard Cribbins (Wilf) and a comedian Rufus Sewell (fan) wearing T-shirt "Keep Calm and don't Regenerate"

11:29 AM PT: Steven Moffatt (exec producer) explains all team had same idea about who should be new Doctor. More teasers by not using sex-defining terms, rather  is a "person". Nearly picked last time. Stephen Hawking mentions woman Doctor. Moffatt does not rule that out.

11:30 AM PT: The new Doctor is -  Peter Capaldi

11:28 AM PT: Capaldi http://www.imdb.com/...  relieved can now tell his daughter.

11:34 AM PT: Capaldi is a fine comic actor - has most recently played in a BBC series based inside government in the UK

Was filming Cardinal Richlieu (sp?) in BBC production of Three Musketeers.

Was in Dr Who episode "Fires of Pompeii"

11:36 AM PT: Matt Smith "a canny choice".

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