Peter Capaldi Named as The Twelfth Doctor
On a special episode of BBC One broadcast earlier today, it was announced that Peter Capaldi, best known as Malcolm Turner on the British TV series The Thick of It, will be the Twelfth Doctor on the TV series Doctor Who.
Capaldi, who is currently 55 years old, is the second oldest person to ever play the Doctor, with the oldest being the First Doctor William Hartnell, who was also 55 when he started playing the Doctor in 1963. Capaldi is also a long-time fan of the show. The BBC actually managed to find a letter that Capaldi had written when he was 15 years old, asking for the company to produce more episodes of the show.
Capaldi is also a bit of a familiar face in the world of Doctor Who. In an episode from the fourth series of the new Doctor Who, called The Fires of Pompeii, Capaldi played Lucius Caecilius Iucundus who bought the TARDIS and was saved from the eruption of Vesuvius. Capaldi also appeared in the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood as John Frobisher in the third series of the show, Children of Earth.
Capaldi will be succeeding Matt Smith as the Doctor on the Christmas episode.