The Radio Times had this to say with regards to the time-scale of a possible announcement on the new Doctor:
"The new Doctor could be handed the keys to the TARDIS as early as next month, BBC sources have confirmed - with insiders suggesting Matt Smith’s replacement needs to be announced before the Doctor Who Christmas special begins filming next month."A BBC source was also quoted as saying:
“The search has begun in earnest and is active now,” they said and added that the BBC has not ruled out hiring a woman to replace Matt Smith."Another source was also keen to stress that Moffat was contacted for another year and that he would not be relinquishing his role until at least then.
The decision on the next person to take on the role will be made by a team of senior BBC executives and and as always will be a tightly kept secret. The final decision on the casting will be made by Steven Moffat, Danny Cohen, BBC Head Of Television, Controller Of Drama commissioner Ben Stephenson, Casting Director Andy Pryor and the show’s new executive producer Brian Minchin, who recently took over from the role vacated by Caroline Skinner.
One man who has ruled himself out of the running after the bookies opened betting on the next incumbent of the role was Stephen Mangan, recently announced to be appearing alongside Matthew Macfadyen in the West End production of Jeeves and Wooster tweeted:
“I see I’m 14/1 to be the new Doctor. Don’t waste your money.”So the shackles are well and truly off for the rumour millers. Any thoughts? Leave them in that ever handy comments box below.
[Source: Radio Times.com]