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Peter Capaldi Is The New Doctor!
Who casting clock strikes 12

04 August 2013  |  Written by James White  

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Peter Capaldi, The Thick Of It

It’s somehow heartening that, years after it was written off as a joke, shoved into limbo and left to moulder, Doctor Who has now evolved – or re-generated – into something special enough to warrant an entire live show built around the annoucement of the next occupant of the TARDIS. Now, in its 50th year, we know that the 12th incarnation will be Peter Capaldi.

Capaldi, who is still probably best known as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from The Thick Of It (and to some, forever as the Angel Islington from TV's Neverwhere), will be outsmarting evil, running around, making silly jokes and generally being a meddling mad man with a box. Matt Smith will re-generate into Capaldi's form during the Christmas special this year. “I’m surprised to see the Doctor looking back in the mirror,” he said in the announcement show. “He’s not there yet, but he’s reaching out.”

Bets have been taken for months on the identity of the new Doctor, since the role has these days taken on the fervour of a huge sporting event or picking the new Pope. Suggestions have run the gamut from bookies’ favourite Capaldi to baby Prince George. But without any disrespect to the third in line to the throne, Capaldi is a fantastic choice, someone with some age and experience on his side. Plus, he has form with Team Who, having appeared in 2008's The Fires Of Pompeii and Torchwood's Children Of Earth. He even wrote to The Radio Times about his love of the Doctor when he was only 15, so you know he's not faking enthusiasm to get the role (unless he's been planning this for a very long time).

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special meanwhile, will be broadcast on November 23. 

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Sound Logic. But Wrong.
I figured it would be maths-whizz Johnny Ball; his daughter Zoe hosted the reveal-show. Capaldi's a good choice - a young-faced Doctor never quite works for me. Now, Beeb, hire Ian McDiarmid to play The Master... More

Posted by Litshttam at 18:47 on 05 August 2013 | Report This Post

Old Time Who
Time now, I think, for some proper back to basics, slower paced, sci-fi scripts that reflect the tone of Quatermass. Maybe even back to the old cliffhanger endings? More

Posted by INKYPHIL at 18:30 on 05 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: At last
L: Odgers Thank god they have eventually cast some one older than the previous Grange Hill reject. Don"t get me wrong I love Dr Who and Matt Smith was not bad but he is playing someone who is nearly a thousand years old. At least get someone who is looking a little bit universe weary. Good Luck Peter. att Smiths mercurial nature was really well represented actually. He was much better at veering between grumpy old man to excited schoolboy than Tennant. (and I like Tennant a fai More

Posted by spideed2 at 14:03 on 05 August 2013 | Report This Post

I think he's a really good choice, I'm just a bit dissapointed that it wasn't a surprise because of all the 'bookies' favorite' stuff beforehand. How did they even know anyway? More

Posted by Oroborous at 10:15 on 05 August 2013 | Report This Post

At last
Thank god they have eventually cast some one older than the previous Grange Hill reject. Don"t get me wrong I love Dr Who and Matt Smith was not bad but he is playing someone who is nearly a thousand years old. At least get someone who is looking a little bit universe weary. Good Luck Peter. More

Posted by Odgers at 00:17 on 05 August 2013 | Report This Post

He plays a doctor at the World Health Organisation More

Posted by Useful Pseudonym at 21:16 on 04 August 2013 | Report This Post

From W.H.O. Doctor to Doctor Who
Am I the only one noticing his IMDB listing states he played a W.H.O Doctor in World War Z? More

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