The BBC announced yesterday that the new Doctor Who companion will be officially revealed tomorrow evening during MOTD Live: Everton vs Manchester United.
While fans are pretty excited right now about finally learning who will be replacing Jenna Coleman’s Clara in the TARDIS next season, many have been slightly scratching their heads trying to figure out why the heck the announcement is happening in the middle of a football match.
While it’ll undoubtedly be seen by one of the biggest TV audiences of the year so far, Doctor Who and football aren’t the most obviously overlapping fandoms.
Doctor Who‘s brand manager Edward Russell commented today: “I bet it’ll win over a whole new audience for DW.”
But could there be a good reason to unveil the show’s new co-lead during Match of the Day?
If, for instance, the new companion was TV presenter Frank Skinner, previously seen in Doctor Who as Perkins alongside Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’ in 2014?
A lifelong supporter of West Bromwich Albion, Skinner is perhaps best known for his football-related work on the likes of Fantasy Football League, and reached Number 1 in the pop charts in 1996 alongside David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds with football anthem ‘Three Lions”.
If Perkins was returning, the announcement’s setting – where he’d be a familiar face to the audience watching – would make a bit more sense.
Of course, the Doctor already invited Perkins to join the TARDIS at the end of ‘Mummy on the Orient Express’, but the comedian’s character declined, saying: “That job could change a man.”
Does this ring any bells, Donna Noble fans?
Following her one-off appearance in 2006’s ‘The Runaway Bride’, comedian Catherine Tate – not particularly known for her acting roles at the time – later joined Doctor Who as a full-time companion two years later in Season 4.
Frank Skinner has previously commented: “Anyone who’s in Doctor Who always gets asked if they would come back, and I can’t imagine many people, with the possible exception of Christopher Eccleston, who wouldn’t. Of course, if they said to me, ‘Would you like to be in Doctor Who for the rest of your life’, I’d probably sign on for that.
He added: “Steven Moffat sent me an email that said, ‘You are now a personal friend of Doctor Who and nothing can change that’. Even saying that sends a tingle down my neck and spinal cord.”
Yes, it’s entirely possible (and, okay, it’s more than likely) that the BBC just wanted to make the announcement on a Saturday evening before filming begins on the new season and this was the only slot they could fit it in. But, as the best temp in Chiswick proved, stranger things have happened.
Either way, we’ll find out tomorrow!
Season 10 is expected to begin filming next month and will air on BBC One in spring 2017.
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