Viewers around the world saw Peter Capaldi make his first - all be it brief - appearance as The Doctor in the 50th anniversary episode.
Glasgow-born actor and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi has been unveiled as the 12th incarnation of Doctor Who.
The identity of the Doctor to replace Matt Smith will be announced on television tonight with Peter Capaldi still the bookmakers' favourite
Ben Daniels is the early favourite to be named the Doctor Who, after a rush of bets saw his odds tumble.
The Cutting It star is the 3-1 favourite to get the job, while Chiwetel Ejiofor, Russell Tovey and Damien Moloney are all placed at 10-1.
Matt Smith announced at the weekend that he was leaving the show after three years in the role describing it as an "honour" to play the Doctor.
There are suggestions that a woman could take charge of the Tardis for the first time, with Billie Piper 16-1 to land the role and Bafta winner and Broadchurch star Olivia Colman priced at 25-1, according to William Hill.
The betting firm said it was "only be a matter of time before a woman pilots the Tardis."
Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who and will bow out in the Christmas special when he will be replaced by a new incarnation of the Time Lord, the BBC has announced.
Smith, who has been in the role since 2010, said it had been "an honour" to play the role.
The actor said: "Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.
"I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years".
Two Daleks are patrolling the red carpet at the Royal Festival Hall in London ahead of the BAFTA Television Awards.
The society is celebrating 50 years of the hit TV show Doctor Who. The current Doctor and his assistant will feature in a special sketch to be shown during the awards.
The BBC has confirmed that David Tennant and Billie Piper will appear in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who which will be broadcast in November.
The pair will join the Doctor's current incarnation Matt Smith for this one of episode.
The show's producers have not commented on the rumours that other Time Lords such as Tom Baker or Christopher Eccleston could also make an appearance.
It is thought that the 11th Doctor will regenerate, paving the way for the next Time Lord.
When asked by Daybreak, Darvill shrugged his shoulders and said: "I have no information, I have no information."
He added that since he left Doctor Who, it was great to watch the show, without knowing what will happen next.
The publication said bosses already have an idea of who will replace Smith, with his contract due to expire in November.
On ITV's Jonathan Ross Show last week, Smith refused to commit to a Doctor Who future, stating "we will see what 2014 holds."
In a BBC statement last night, the broadcaster said: "even we don’t know what’s going to happen at Christmas."
Doctor Who fans can look forward to the "biggest, best, most inventive and most exciting year for the show", actor Matt Smith said.
The first episode of the new series, which screens next month, will see the timelord tear up the side of the Shard on a motorbike.
A special 3D anniversary show will be broadcast in November, which newest companion Jenna-Louise Coleman says, will pay "homage to the last 50 years of the show."
It is thought that all the timelords will reunite for the 50th anniversary special.
Giving nothing away, Matt Smith said: "I think it's hilarious, I think it's epic and I think it's fast and I'm telling you nothing more but you will not be disappointed."
Of all the strange reasons for transport delays - freak snowstorms, the wrong kind of leaves, stray pets - a moving fleet of genetically modified robotic mechanical shells is not usually one of them.
But Transport for London tweeted today: "The filming of Doctor Who has finished at Westminster Bridge, the Daleks are in the process of being removed."
If an invasion of London has begun, the authorities can't be accused of over-reacting.
Seven of the surviving actors will return, alongside computer generated images of the first three Doctors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee who have since died.
It is thought that Matt Smith, will regenerate into the twelfth Doctor, in the anniversary special.
This would be the biggest gathering of Doctors since five of them were reunited for the 20th anniversary in 1983.