Doctor Who: BBC confirms Peter Capaldi as 12th Doctor
It's official: Matt Smith's Doctor Who replacement, the 12th Doctor, will be played by Peter Capaldi
As promised, the BBC has now conformed the name of the actor stepping into Matt Smith's shoes at the end of the year in Doctor Who. And it's now been revealed that the 12th Doctor will be played by Peter Capaldi.
The announcement came as part of a BBC live special, hosted by Zoe Ball, who also interviewed the new Time Lord. He was introduced at the end, having been the bookies' favourite for the past few days.
We're thrilled with the choice - genuinely - apart from the fact that we've, er, got some consequences to face here. So sure were we that he wouldn't get the job, that we committed to 3000 words on the One Direction movie were he to be cast. Beautiful.
The current plan, unless Steven Moffat has something different in mind (as he did with the introduction of Jenna Coleman as Clara), is to introduce Peter Capaldi in this year's Christmas special. More news as we get it...
UPDATE: Here's the official press release...
"Amid much hype and speculation, Peter Capaldi was unveiled as the next Doctor during a special live television event on BBC ONE tonight.
Widely regarded as one of the biggest roles in British television, Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor and takes over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas.
Peter Capaldi says: “Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege. 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!”
Doctor Who companion, Jenna Coleman says: "I'm so excited Peter Capaldi is the man taking on the challenge of becoming the Twelfth Doctor. With Steven's writing and his talent I know we'll be making an amazing show with an incredible incarnation of number 12. I can't wait to start this new adventure!"
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.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says: “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. 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.”
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