After weeks of speculations and anticipation the Twelfth Doctor has finally been revealed! So, just who is taking over Matt Smith’s Eleventh Time Lord?
The brand-new Doctor is:
As somewhat predicted, actor Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who’s “The Fires of Pompeii,” Torchwood: Children of Earth) will regenerate into Doctor number twelve during this year’s upcoming Christmas special! The new Doctor was revealed on Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor.
Before the big reveal, Matt Smith said in the special: “When you gotta go, you gotta go.”
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat said: “Three words to describe the new doctor: different than Matt.”
And sure enough, 55-year-old Scottish actor Peter Capaldi is indeed different than Matt Smith! He is older and may bring us a more worldly Doctor, and we're definitely looking forward to seeing him as he steps into the TARDIS.
Peter Capaldi said: “Doctor Who belongs to all of us. Everyone made Doctor Who.”
Below is the official BBC Press Release:
Amid much hype and speculation, Peter Capaldi was unveiled as the next Doctor during a special live television event on BBC ONE tonight.
Widely regarded as one of the biggest roles in British television, Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor and takes over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas.
Peter Capaldi says: “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."
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says : “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!”
Doctor Who companion, Jenna Coleman says "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!"
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says : “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.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “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.”
Are you guys excited that Peter Capaldi IS the Twelfth Doctor?