The New “Doctor Who” Has Been Found

August 5, 2013

The 12th Doctor has been announced.

Actor Peter Capaldi was revealed as the main character for the 50-year-old British franchise. He’ll join the sci-fi series when current Doctor, Matt Smith, departs after this year’s Christmas special.

Both BBC One and stateside cable network BBC America devoted an entire hour to the live reveal.

“If I had to pick someone I’d pick him,” said Smith. “I’m excited because I know what’s coming, and he’s going to have a blast.”

Peter Capaldi is probably best known as Malcolm Tucker in Armando Iannucci’s The Thick of It. It’s been said that he’s been on the radar to play the lead in Doctor Who for some time now.

This casting decision will take the series back towards the more “classic” Doctors portrayed by Tom Baker and Peter Davison. The latest version of the Doctor Who television series, which kicked off in 2005, originally saw Christopher Eccleston in the role before younger actors David Tennant and Smith were hired.

Capaldi is a 55 year old actor whose biggest credits include In the Loop, World War Z, and Julian Assange’s The Fifth Estate. His television credits include The Hour, Torchwood, and Skins. He also has an Academy Award for writing directing the 1993 short Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life.

Capaldi also has a long history with the series. In 1974, when he was 15-years old, Capaldi wrote of his love of the series in a letter published in Radio Times. He also acted alongside Tennant’s Doctor in the 2008 episode of the series, “The Fires of Pompeii.”

I’ve heard a bunch of rumors about who the next Doctor would be. Some thought we’d get a black actor playing the Doctor or maybe it’d be a female. Well, it looks like the series is going back to its roots.

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