And The 12th Doctor Is......
And the TARDIS goes to....Peter Capaldi!
Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was named the newest star of the British TV series Doctor Who on Sunday in a live broadcast on BBC America. He is taking the place of the departing 11th Doctor Matt Smith who leaves the show later this year.
"It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer," said Capaldi, who has been a lifelong fan of the show. "I haven't played Doctor Who since I was 9 on the playground."
Capaldi, 55, will be the 12th man to play The Doctor since the series started in 1963 and the 4th Doctor since the series rebooted in 2005. Executive producer Steven Moffat had considered Capaldi when they were casting the 11th Doctor. "There comes a right time for the right person to play it," he said.
"We all had the same idea and it was a quite different idea," Moffat added. When he and his team made a video with Capaldi, "everybody saw it and was like, 'That's the Doctor.' "