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article imagePeter Capaldi is 12th Doctor Who, materialises on live TV

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 4, 2013 in Entertainment
Peter Capaldi has been cast as the new Doctor in the BBC’s half-a-century-old science-fiction drama series. The announcement was made live on TV this evening in a specially scheduled programme.
Peter Capaldi has bagged the little blue box and will play the Twelfth Doctor, taking over from Matt Smith at the end of the year.
Up till a few days ago, Capaldi’s name wasn’t in the running; then he became the bookies' favourite. Consequently, on Saturday, all betting on Capaldi was suspended. He is known to be a fan of the show and has talked in the past about liking the idea of playing the Doctor. In 2008, the Scottish actor actually appeared in an episode – The Fires of Pompeii – alongside David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor.
Smith – who will have played the iconic role for four years – revealed at the beginning of June that he was to step down. He is now expected to pursue a movie career, having recently completed filming of How to Catch a Monster, the directorial-debut feature from Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling.
The unveiling of the new Doctor comes after weeks of fevered speculation in the press and among the show’s worldwide fan base.
The live announcement happened on tonight’s Doctor Who Live: The Twelfth Doctor, which was presented by Zoe Ball and included a studio audience. As well as an interview with Peter Capaldi, the half-hour programme featured contributions from Doctor Who alumni including Peter Davison, Matt Smith Bernard Cribbins and Steven Moffat and appearances from various monsters from the show.
At 55, Capaldi is the same age as the late William Hartnell was when he became the First Doctor in 1963. Every Doctor since the First has been played by an actor younger than Hartnell, with Smith (at 26) being the youngest.
Peter Capaldi is the third new Doctor to join the series since Steven Moffat became showrunner, having already been responsible for introducing Smith’s Eleventh Doctor and John Hurt’s “unspecified incarnation” of the Doctor.
Moffat’s successor, Russell T Davies, was responsible for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors – Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, respectively.
Peter Capaldi
Prior to becoming the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi was best known for playing Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and In the Loop.
Many, many actors’ names – both male and female – have been mentioned in connection to what’s become one of the most-sought-after roles on television.
Last week, Peter Capaldi emerged as the bookies’ favourite to become the Doctor, having previously not been connected to the role. Other favourites included:
Aneurin Barnard (We'll Take Manhattan, The White Queen); Ben Daniels (Cutting It, Law and Order: UK); Ben Whishaw (Brideshead Revisited, Q in the James Bond movies); Billy Piper (The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Rose Tyler in Doctor Who); Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, BT Broadband ads); David Harewood (Fat Friends, Homeland); Eric Lampaert (Life's Too Short, The Midnight Beast); Helen Mirren (The Queen, Prime Suspect); Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther); Rory Kinnear (The First Men in the Moon, Count Arthur Strong); Russell Tovey (Being Human, Alfonso Frame in Doctor Who); and Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps),
Viewers will now have to wait till Christmas Day to actually get a first glimpse of Peter Capaldi actually in action as the Doctor.
Smith’s last two episodes – the 50th-anniversary special and the Christmas special – will be shown on Saturday, 23 November and Wednesday, 25 December, respectively. The former – to be broadcast to 200 countries on the same day – will unite four of the Doctors: Smith, Tennant, Hurt and one other. Peter Capaldi, meanwhile, will appear during a regeneration sequence, expected to be towards the end of the latter adventure. Both episodes have been written by Moffat.
Doctor Who began in 1963. There have been twelve sequential Doctors so far:
1. William Hartnell (debut: 1963)
2. Patrick Troughton (debut: 1966)
3. Jon Pertwee (debut: 1970)
4. Tom Baker (debut: 1974)
5. Peter Davison – pictured (debut: 1981)
6. Colin Baker (debut: 1984)
7. Sylvester McCoy (debut: 1987)
8. Paul McGann (debut: 1996)
9. Christopher Eccleston (debut: 2005)
10. David Tennant (debut: 2005)
11. Matt Smith (debut: 2010)
12. Peter Capaldi (debut: 2013)
Also, in the television series, Richard Hurndall recreated the First Docctor in The Five Doctors (1983), as did David Bradley in An Adventure in Space and Time (2013); Reece Shearsmith recreated the Second Doctor in that story, too.
Other versions of the Time Lord include Michael Jayston (the Valeyard) in The Trial of a Time Lord (1986); Richard E Grant (alternative Ninth Doctor) in the Scream of the Shalka (2003), a web series originally planned as a continuation of the TV series; Toby Jones (the Dream Lord) in Amy's Choice (2010) and John Hurt (the Doctor) in The Name of the Doctor (2013) and the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special (2013).
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