Doctor Who suspense is almost over

BBC will reveal David Tennant's replacement soon

LONDON -- The BBC will reveal the identity of the new Doctor Who after the departure of David Tennant as part of a special edition of "Doctor Who Confidential" that will air Saturday evening on BBC1, executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat said Friday.

The show will reveal the identity of the 11th Time Lord, one of the best-loved characters on TV. James Nesbitt, John Simm, David Morrissey and Paterson Joseph are among the actors whose names have been mentioned in connection with the role, but the BBC said a decision had finally been made over the Christmas and the announcement would allow scripts to be produced ahead of filming for the fifth series, which would begin in the summer.

"We believe the actor is going to bring something very special to the role and will make it absolutely their own," BBC Wales head of drama Piers Wenger said. "I just can't wait to tell everyone who it is -- it has been a nail-biting Christmas trying to keep this under wraps."

Tennant announced that he was stepping down from the role in October. He will appear in four "Doctor Who" specials this year, and a new series will begin in 2010.