During an agonizingly drawn out live announcement Sunday, it was finally revealed that the Twelfth Doctor is Scottish actor Peter Capaldi. He will step into the TARDIS this Christmas when current Doctor, Matt Smith, exits the show.
“Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege,” Calpaldi said. “Like The Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says, “It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!”
A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Capaldi appeared in the fourth season episode “The Fires of Pompeii” and had a recurring role in Torchwood: Children of Earth. He is perhaps best know for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy, The Thick Of It. He recently starred in World War Z and will be seen as Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC AMERICA and BBC One drama series The Musketeers, which will launch in early 2014.
The Scotsman had in fact emerged as a favorite in all of the pre-announcement hype. Other actors fans speculated about included Idris Elba, Ben Daniels, Daniel Rigby, and a few female stars as well. Smith squashed any hopes of a Lady Time Lord when he said during the live show, “If I had to pick somebody, I’d pick him. I know what’s coming and he’s going to have a blast.”
Neat fact, at 55, Capaldi is the same age as William Hartnell when he was cast as the First Doctor.
“Peter Capaldi has all the genius and versatility needed to take on the mantel of the great Time Lord and make the role his own,” Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, says. “He’ll bring his own particular wisdom, charisma and wit to the Twelfth Doctor and take the show into an exciting new era.”
Capaldi’s Doctor will join Jenna Coleman in the TARDIS as she continues in the companion role as Clara Oswald.
Next up for Doctor Who is the highly anticipated 50th Anniversary episode starring David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Billie Piper’s Rose Tyler as well as John Hurt and Joanna page. It will air November 23rd.