BBC Announces Peter Capaldi As New Doctor Who Star
After much speculation among anxious Whovians as to who would be Matt Smith’s Doctor Who replacement, BBC has finally revealed that the Twelfth Doctor will be played by Peter Capaldi, aka Malcolm f**king Tucker from In the Loop and The Thick of It. Capaldi also recently appeared in World War Z and has been a guest on both Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood.
The news was revealed today in a special live broadcast on BBC, in which Capaldi sat down with Zoe Ball to answer a few questions about the role as well as the upcoming season. “It’s so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer,” he said after walking onto the stage.
The broadcast also featured special guests, including previous Doctors Matt Smith and Peter Davison, as well as past companions including Jenna-Louise Coleman. The half-hour show also gave a nod to the Doctor Who’s upcoming 50-year anniversary by featuring clips from older seasons.
Other actors rumored to take on the hotly contested role included Ben Daniels, Daniel Rigby, Domhnall Gleeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Idris Elba and Dominic Cooper. Capaldi was one of honorable mentions yesterday when we suggested a dozen actors who’d make great Time Lords. Capaldi will make his Doctor Who debut in the show’s upcoming Christmas special, which airs this December. You’ll also be able to catch the return of past stars Smith, Coleman, Billie Piper and David Tennant in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special on Nov. 23.
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