Big news indeed.
Interesting quote from Mr. Moffat: "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
Now I really don't know anything for
sure, so this isn't really a spoiler but....
[snip of lots of empty
This fits with my theory that John Hurt
will not be the next Doctor (as some on the Google+ Dr Who community). My
theory is that he actually fits into the personal time-line of the time lord now
known as "The Doctor" in a much earlier position, in fact I wouldn't be
surprised to find that his instantiation re-incarnated into the William Hartnell
time-lord who then took on the moniker of "The Doctor", which would fit into the
11th Doctors statement to Clara that "I said he was me, I didn't say he was the
And as for the 12 regeneration 'limit',
I don't think that is a hard and fast rule. Time Lords have already been
granted additional lives, the regeneration of Romana I into Romana II was
actually a series of 4 or so regenerations before Romana II convinced the Doctor
that it was OK to take on the persona of Princess Astra from the preceding story
"The Armageddon Factor". I doubt she would have wasted so many
And then we have the 4th Doctor story
"The Brain of Morbius" which certainly appears to show multiple instantiations
of the our favorite Time Lord BEFORE the one we know as the first Doctor, in the
final battle with Morbius, who asks about the time the EIGHTH incarnation before
Hartnell, asks him "How long HAVE you lived?"