Peter Capaldi, the Scottish actor and film director has been announced as the 12th actor to play the Doctor in sci-fi series Doctor Who. He is replacing out-going lead Matt Smith.
He is best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series “The Thick of It” and its follow-up film In the Loop. Recently, Peter starred alongside Brad Pitt in World War Z and BBC2 series The Hour, for which he received a BAFTA nomination.
The actor had been the bookmakers’ favourite to take on the role, with betting on him becoming the next Doctor suspended on Friday. It is not the first time Capaldi has appeared on the show – he played Roman merchant Caecilius in 2008 Doctor Who adventure The Fires of Pompeii.
Peter said he was on holiday when he received a phone call from his agent informing him he was the twelfth Doctor.
In a statement on their new casting, Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, says: ‘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.’