Peter Capaldi Named The 12th Doctor
One of TV’s longest-running franchises has a new star: Peter Capaldi was named yesterday as the next lead actor in Doctor Who. He will succeed Matthew Smith as the twelfth man to play the role since the show debuted in 1963, and the fourth since it was rebooted in 2005.
The Scottish-born actor is best known in the UK for playing a foul-mouthed political operative on the satirical show The Thick of It. He isn’t as recognizable stateside, where Doctor Who has become increasingly popular, but did recently portray a WHO doctor in World War Z with Brad Pitt.
At 55, Capaldi is the oldest actor to play The Doctor since William Hartnell, the first Doctor. Ironically, he succeeds the youngest (Smith was 26 when he got the role in 2009). Smith could be a hard act to follow for other reasons: in 2011, he became the first actor in the show’s history to earn a BAFTA nomination for playing the title role.
However, Capaldi was still a strong favorite, even against oft-mentioned actors like Idris Elba and Ben Whishaw. London oddsmakers stopped taking bets on Capaldi when he became a 5/6 favorite.
Capaldi describes himself as a lifelong fan of the show, and says he is thrilled to have the role:
“It is so wonderful not to keep this secret any more,” he said. “For a while I couldn’t even tell my daughter. 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.”
What do you think of the new Doctor?