And the new time lord is…. The BBC has announced that Peter Capaldi has been cast as the 12th doctor on their long running series Doctor Who.
Capaldi, repped by United Agents, is best known for his role as spin doctor Malcolm Tucker on The Thick of It and In The Loop and more recently starred in the BBC One/BBC America co-production The Musketeers. He will replace Matt Smith who is departing the series later this year after appearing in the role since January 2010.
“Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege”, said Peter Capaldi. “Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, commented: “It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!”
Fellow cast member Jenna Coleman said: “I’m so excited Peter Capaldi is the man taking on the challenge of becoming the Twelfth Doctor. With Steven’s writing and his talent I know we’ll be making an amazing show with an incredible incarnation of number 12. I can’t wait to start this new adventure!”
BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore commented: “Peter Capaldi has all the genius and versatility needed to take on the mantel of the great Time Lord and make the role his own. He’ll bring his own particular wisdom, charisma and wit to the Twelfth Doctor and take the show into an exciting new era.”
While Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, added: “We started thinking Peter Capaldi might be the right person to take on this iconic part a few months ago. But it was only when he did a secret audition at Steven’s house under the cover of darkness that we knew we had our man. He’s an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything. We can’t wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he’s going to become one of the all-time classic Doctors.”