For those of you who like to get their fill of BBC dramas and documentaries from the international version of the iPlayer, you may soon be out of luck. BBC has just announced that it will be shutting down its international version which was available in 16 countries, including Canada. According to the Engadget story, auto renewing series subscriptions will end between May 26th and June 26th. British subjects need not worry as this closure only applies to the Global iPlayer and not the version available in the UK.
Update: Well the 12th Doctor will be Peter Capaldi. Not a stranger to the Doctor Who world, he played Caecilius in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii” with David Tennant. He also appeared on the third season of the spin-off show Torchwood. Matt Smith, the current Doctor, will leave the show after the November 23, 50th Anniversary episode with the new Doctor being introduced in this year’s Christmas Special.
Despite the fact that the next season of Doctor Who is not expected to debut until the fall, BBC is set to announce the identity of the next Doctor on August 4. They will make it official during a 30 minute programme “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor” which will air worldwide. In Canada you can watch the announcement being made live on Space at 2:00 pm EST. In the US it will air on BBC America. According to information on the TV guide, the programme will feature former cast members, celebrity fans and Matt Smith who will reflect on his time as the Doctor.