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'Doctor Who' Casts Peter Capaldi as Twelfth Doctor

The BBC's long-running sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' has picked its new lead actor: Peter Capaldi will be replacing Matt Smith as the Doctor, the BBC has announced. 

The announcement was made in a special 'Doctor Who Live' episode hosted by Zoe Ball, who interviewed various celebrities (including fifth Doctor Peter Davison) before revealing Capaldi to be the incoming star of the series. 

At fifty-five years old, Capaldi is the second-oldest actor to take on the role, just a few months younger than William Hartnell was when he originated the character. That's almost the opposite of Smith, who was the youngest to take the role.  

Capaldi (who is Scottish, like Tenth Doctor David Tennant) is a diverse and talented actor who has been a mainstay of British television for years. He's perhaps best known for playing foulmouthed political advisor Malcolm Tucker on the political satire series 'The Thick of It' and its spinoff film 'In the Loop', but his diverse list of credits includes memorable turns in 'Skins,' 'The Hour,' and 'Prime Suspect.' 

The role of the Doctor marks Capaldi's third foray into the Whoniverse: he had a rather dark role in the spinoff series 'Torchwood: Children of the Earth,' and he also played a guest role in series 4's "The Fires of Pompeii" -- an episode now notable for producing two future stars of the series (Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond from 2010 to 2012, also guest starred in the episode) .

Though some rumors and fan speculation had hoped that the Doctor would change race or gender, neither turned out to be the case -- though Steven Moffat assured fans that such changes could happen in the future. 

Having been a fan of Capaldi's ever since catching up on 'The Thick of It' years ago, I couldn't be happier to see the actor -- who has been established for years but is about to get much more famous -- take on one of the biggest roles on television. 

Capaldi will debut as the Twelfth Doctor in the Christmas special on December 25, 2013. 

What do you think of Capaldi's casting? 

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Written by: mcpherson
Aug 4th, 2013, 11:55 am

Images courtesy of BBC One


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Message Posted On Aug 9th, 2013, 3:05 am

Man I miss the tenth, the eleventh was alright but this twelveth is so old and just from his picture doesn't seem like he has the 'young' spirit of the doctor. It's like they're trying to bring back the old ways of the 50s? version...


Message Posted On Aug 5th, 2013, 7:51 pm
Every other season it feels like a new doctor. BBC just loves to kill off there main characters, I have no idea why but getting rid of the latest doctor, come on. he just jumped his own time stream and there gonna change him what a joke seriously enough is enough.

Message Posted On Aug 5th, 2013, 9:18 am
Will be interesting but a sI stand now, not too happy wiht the decision. Hope he proves me wrong.

Message Posted On Aug 5th, 2013, 4:31 am
Dr Capaldi`s Contract Wri, While Pertwee embodied the true essence of the adventurous doctor, Venusian JuJitsu and driving speed boats and hover cars, Hartnell was the intellectual side. He was the brains guiding the hands of his companions. No running around for him, Hopefully the Twelfth, actually my son pointed out that with Hurt Capaldi is the Thirteenth, doctor will return to more substantial fare. Maybe even no more one shots,multipart episodes told better tales. Possibly we get to see the Valeyard as this would be about the time he makes his entrance.

Message Posted On Aug 5th, 2013, 4:26 am
brikov, A testament to a healthier lifestyle?. REALLY? Try GENETICS. Lifestyle doesn't mean crap when your bad genes kick in. Simple test, compare a hundred young and old pics. People without surgery or makeup. See how they age. all due to genetics. Expand that simple test to include other races or even nationalities. Makes it easier to observe changes due to genetics.More "pure" gene pool allows one to see the impact of various genetic issues, with aging being the simplest to observe. ( You may wish to read up on the Scottish diet, one of the worst in the world.) Remember for every "healthy" pensioner there are thousands who poop in a diaper and think they are twelve.
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Message Posted On Aug 5th, 2013, 12:58 am
From a non fan perspective - I think this will be an interesting direction for the new doctor... maybe a little more purposeful striding from one faux disaster to another, rather than what appeared to me, to be a lot of hysterical running about like hyperactive children that I`ve seen from the past 2 or even 3 docs ? maybe a bit of a nod to the docs of old, Baker/Pertwee etc, a slightly slower pace and darker tone with more peril rather than just hyped up histrionics ? I hope he (via the script) doesn`t play it for laughs.

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Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 9:37 pm

William Hartnell looked so frail and old when he was the Doctor.  It is hard to believe he was only a few months older than Capaldi is now. A testament to a healthier lifestyle?


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Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 5:32 pm

I said "Who" when he was revealed but it was Who ?

I can't say I'm familiar with his work, but it would seem to me it'll be a more serious take on the Doctor, which if that's the case, will be interesting.


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Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 5:17 pm

Great actor but given his appreances maybe they could have looked  abit further afield maybe but still an older Doctor and thats no bad thing lets just hope they dont write any "may to december" type love stories in the new series becuase lets be fair its would come off a bit lecherous.


Message Posted On Aug 4th, 2013, 1:13 pm
Just watch his photo and you'll know he's The Doctor.
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