The new doctor is in.
Whovians around the world are basking in the announcement just made by the BBC: the Twelfth Doctor on the beloved sci-fi program Doctor Who will be played by Peter Capaldi.
IT’S OFFICIAL! Peter Capaldi IS the next Doctor! http://t.co/MkFjVldAjv #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/HC0Q9M3H9V
– Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) August 4, 2013
“Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege,” Capaldi said of his new role. “Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.” [via the BBC]
The Scottish actor’s lengthy resume includes films World War Z, the upcoming Maleficent, and TV programs The Vicar of Dibley, The Thick of It and Skins.
Doctor Who trivia: Capaldi appeared on the second episode of the fourth series of Doctor Who as Caecilius, opposite Tenth Doctor David Tennant.
The announcement comes some two months after Matt Smith confirmed he would be stepping down from the role of The Doctor he portrayed on the small screen for three series from 2010 to 2013. His final Doctor Who appearance will be on the 2013 Christmas Special, the same episode the 12th doctor will be introduced in. (aka. REGENERATION).
The eighth Doctor Who series is scheduled to begin production next month, and will air in 2014.
Bless you, Mr. Smith.
[Lead image courtesy of the BBC]