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Peter Capaldi is the next Doctor Who

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Peter Calpaldi

During a “special one-hour television event” today, the BBC announced that Peter Capaldi will play the 12th Doctor Who.

“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,” Calpaldi told the BBC.

Capaldi, whose previous work includes the BBC programs The Hour and The Thick of It, will be revealed as the new doctor in the Doctor Who 2013 Christmas special — which is also Matt Smith’s final turn as the 11th Doctor Who. Capaldi also appeared in this summer’s World War Z, where he ironically played a “W.H.O. Doctor.”

Smith replaced David Tennant as Doctor Who in 2010 and is the youngest actor to have played the role. Other actors who have stepped into the Doctor’s shoes include Tom Baker, Colin Baker, William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, Patrick Troughton and Sylvester McCoy.


  • Bass Guitar Hero

    I am honestly surprised because I thought they’d continue with a 30-something actor. But Capaldi is an excellent choice. I’m sure his Doctor will shake things up and kick butt.

  • JasonMBryant

    If they’d picked another 30 something Doctor, and especially if they’d picked an actor in his 20s as Matt Smith was when he began, they would have locked themselves in with younger Doctors forever. It was probably necessary to pick someone older just to let the newer generation of viewers know that Doctors don’t only get younger.

    I like an older Doctor and I think that now is a good time for it, since it will provide a nice contrast to Matt Smith.

  • fred

    I love it! great choice and i love that they went with an older actor, all these young whipper snappers have had their day. caint wiat for the 12th to show us what he’s got!

  • TheGavGav

    I hope since he’s an older Doctor that they give him an immature personality to contrast his appearance.

  • David Fullam

    Back to a Doctor older than me.

  • TheGavGav

    Also, this is Capaldi’s third character he’s played in the Whoniverse. He played a character on Torchwood and was in the Fires of Pompeii episode of Doctor Who.

  • Frank

    “Whoniverse” is good, I like that.

  • Micharwood

    Why mention EVERY Doctor EXCEPT Patrick Troughton? If you’re going to go far enough to list 8 of the other actors, why to go for the gold and mention all 9?

  • JK Parkin

    Dammit, that was an oversight on my part. I’ll fix it.

  • joe

    I’m sorry. I have to be that guy.

    He’s the next DOCTOR. Not the next Doctor Who. The name of the SHOW is Doctor Who. The name of the CHARACTER is the Doctor. It is annoying as FUCK when people do that.

  • Midnight Gamer

    Is it just me or is it a little strange they picked someone that was in Torchwood?

  • Kpaqu1

    It’s you. Not that unusual to see an actor play multiple roles on the same TV show even. Generally, it happens on different seasons.

  • jerry

    Although not stated…it is implied multiple times that he is called dr.who…….his name of course..cannot be said.

  • Kev

    In the William Hartnell era, Peter Purves played a character who died, then later played a companion to Hartnell’s Doctor.

  • Spiderpope

    He was also in the Doctor Who episode ‘Fires of Pompeii’, along with Karen Gillan.

    Colin Baker had a guest role in a Doctor Who serial prior to his casting as The Doctor, so it’s not without precedent.

  • clanwolf

    I’m really hoping he’d Tucker just once as the Doctor….as in you f___king Daleks! I’m the f__king Doctor you metal c___ts. I’m going to kick yourself hard in your f___king balls, you’d wind b__lls up inside a Cyberman’s a___se.”

  • JasonMBryant

    I don’t think that’s the implication at all. In fact, that’s inconsistent with what they’ve said. The way they’ve put it lately is that he has a secret name that only his wife knows and “Doctor” is an assumed name that he chose for himself. They don’t refer to “Doctor” as a title at all, just as a stand-alone name.

  • JasonMBryant

    Lala Ward played Princess Astra, then came back the next season as the new regeneration of Romana. I don’t remember exactly, but I think the Doctor even looks up at her the first time he sees her new form and says something like, “Astra? No…”

    So they established long ago that a Time Lord can regenerate into someone else’s appearance. How much control they have over it is questionable. I like to think that Romana had some amount of control since she did her regeneration in a controlled, calm manner, but the Doctor always has to take something random because he waits until he’s dying.

  • LightningBug

    Jerry, you are not right.

  • Spiderpope

    The only place where his name is Dr. Who is in the Peter Cushing Doctor Who movies, where the character wasn’t a timelord but a human inventor who built the TARDIS out of scrap.

    Aside from those non-canon films, The Doctor is not usually referred to as Doctor Who. He has on occasion been named such in the credits of the show, Christopher Eccleston’s first few episodes had him credited that way, but it was quickly changed to The Doctor.

  • Spiderpope

    I would be amazed if that never gets done as a behind the scenes prank.

  • Spiderpope

    In the meantime there is this:

    Warning Absolutely NSFW.

  • Micharwood

    Oh good! It didn’t make sense. :)