Peter Capaldi Is The 12th Doctor

Ben Umstead, East Coast Editor
Never has so much fuss and/or excitement been made -- either somewhat orchestrated by network execs or indeed genuinely from fans -- over the arrival of a new actor in the role of the Doctor on BBC's wildly popular Doctor Who.

If David Tennant's tenth Doctor captured a whole new batch of fangirls (and boys), Matt Smith's eleventh eventually did much the same -- after, of course, a lot of fuss was made about Tennant leaving the role. Well, we knew it to been coming for a couple of months now, but Smith's exit will be happening in the 50th anniversary special of the show on November 23rd, which means we were gonna get wind of his replacement sooner rather than later.

Announced during a special half-hour program Sunday evening, that replacement is none other than Peter Capaldi, the 55-year old actor best known for his role as the electric, foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker on the political comedy show The Thick Of It and its feature spin-off In The Loop. We're big, big fans of Capaldi at Twitch.

So while Capaldi is very much a safe choice (Both Helen Mirren and Chiwetel Ejiofor were fan's dream casting) for the role of The Doctor, he is nonetheless an exciting pick, and seems to fit in with any sense of tradition the show has in casting lineage -- in that there have been a good number of skinny, eccentric and white British men in the part.

As showrunner Steven Moffat's version of Doctor Who has edged closer and closer to the 50th anniversary of the character, it's more than hinted at that we're about to get some pretty dark storylines having to deal with the Doctor's past (as in WHO is the Doctor?). So while Capaldi will in no way be cursing up a spout (this is a children's show after all), he does seem a great choice for a more tortured, possibly even maniacal incarnation of the character.

Are you pleased with Moffat's choice for the twelfth doctor? Is it too safe? Too boring? Make some noise in the comments.  
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  • Gašper

    Wasn't he already sort of in Dr.Who in the Torchwood mini-series?

  • Yup. Seems a common trend with Who casting these days ... they've had more than one companion come in after playing a different role in a bit part in a previous series. Seems like they like to pull people tht they've already had positive experiences with.

    Also, Capaldi's sporting some fine facial hair in that picture.

  • Fred

    I had been hoping for this, though I never thought it would actually happen. Excellent bit of news!

  • Tory

    I watched In the Loop for the first time this year and Capaldi was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Now I HAVE to watch this show (as if I shouldn't have been watching already).

  • Gordon

    Be sure to check out The Thick of It (the TV show In the Loop is loosely based on). After the first few episodes, it basically becomes the Malcolm Tucker Show. And it is fantastic.

  • DevinPike

    One brief note - Smith's last go-round as the Doctor will be the Christmas Special, where the regeneration into Capaldi's model will occur.

  • Craig Forshaw

    Moffat has repeatedly said that the anniversary has to look to the future as well as the past. Smith has shaved his head. The events of the 50th have largely been hidden, filmed behind closed doors, and all press would have been focused on Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt at the time. I wouldn't count on Matt Smith making Christmas, but, much more likely, I wouldn't be surprised to see Capaldi in November, to set up the appropriate level of foreboding for Christmas, and the conclusion to The Silence storyline.

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