Amid much speculation, Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was unveiled as the next Doctor Who during a special live television event Sunday on BBC America and BBC One.
Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor and takes over from Matt Smith who will leave the show this Christmas. He will be the second-oldest man to play the iconic character, following in the footsteps of Smith, who was the youngest actor to take the role.
“We started thinking Peter Capaldi might be the right person to take on this iconic part a few months ago. But it was only when he did a secret audition at Steven's house under the cover of darkness that we knew we had our man,” says Ben Stephenson, controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. “He's an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything. We can't wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he's going to become one of the all-time classic Doctors.”
Capaldi has already appeared in the long-running series when he played Caecilius in the episode "The Fires of Pompeii" in 2008.
“Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege,” says Capaldi. “Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can't wait to get started."
Perhaps best known for his role as government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series, “The Thick of It,” Capaldi also recently appeared in the zombie film World War Z and the BBC Two drama series “The Hour.”
“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. He'll bring his own particular wisdom, charisma and wit to the Twelfth Doctor and take the show into an exciting new era,” says Charlotte Moore, controller, BBC One.