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August 4th, 2013 425 comments

12th Doctor Revealed – What do you Think?

12th Doctor Revealed – What do you Think?

The new Doctor is Peter Capaldi!


So the wait is over and we now know who will take over from Matt Smith in the Christmas Special – so what do you think?

In a special live broadcast, the BBC today announced that the role of Doctor Who would next be played by Peter Capaldi.

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.”

Rankin exclusively shot Peter Capaldi this morning, picture available from

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Peter Capaldi is an award winning actor, film maker and lifelong Doctor Who fan.

He has enjoyed an illustrious career to date in both film and television.

Before securing the coveted role of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter first appeared in Doctor Who in 2008, playing Caecilius in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii”.

Peter grew up in Glasgow and attended the Glasgow School of Art, while studying there he secured his first breakthrough role in Local Hero (1983). He has also had roles in Dangerous Liaisons, The Crow Road, The Devil’s Whore and Torchwood: Children of Earth.

It is his role as Government spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series, The Thick of It , that has earned Peter both international and award success. In 2010 he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Role and the BPG Best Actor Award. In both 2010 and 2012, Peter won the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. A film spin-off from The Thick of It, entitled In the Loop, was released in 2009.

As well as appearing in front of the camera, Peter is an award winning film maker. In 1995, he won the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) for Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. He also wrote Soft Top, Hard Shoulder, which won the audience award at the London Film Festival, and wrote and directed Strictly Sinatra. Peter’s stage credits include Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers at the Liverpool Playhouse, which saw the play transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London.

2013 has been a busy year for Peter who has been seen on screen in the film World War Z and in BBC Two drama series The Hour, for which he was BAFTA nominated. Not only will Peter film his first scenes for Doctor Who this Autumn, but he will appear in the forthcoming film The Fifth Estate and the Disney film Maleficent.

Peter is currently filming new BBC One drama series The Musketeers, in which he plays Cardinal Richelieu which will launch in early 2014.


  • DoctorArkham

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:52pm

    And lost 20% of popularity.

  • drwhofan4ever

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:51pm

    he was in the fires of Pompeii and that was one of my favorite episodes from series 4 but not 100% sure yet

  • Sebatron

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:50pm

    It might be hard to make a Lego version of him mainly because of his gray hair.

  • Timelord3

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:49pm

    Looking forward to this! Joint oldest doctor I think. 55?

  • mad man 24791011

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:48pm

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa brilliant : 0 : )

  • Booboo Jr

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:48pm

    Good choice in Peter I think. An older Doctor, and hopefully a darker Doctor should be good for the show.

    I’m looking forward to seeing him at Christmas, but will still miss Matt!

  • Stan Stanmanson

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:47pm

    I was sort of ‘Meh’. I only know as:
    Malcolm Tucker from the Thick of It, and that guy (Can’t remember the name) from Torchwood: Children of Earth :/

  • Scott

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:46pm

    That’s such a ridiculous excuse you have a picture of Jon pertwee as your thing

  • Rikki Krystal

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:46pm

    Patrick Troughton was old,but still fun to watch.
    The best doctor in mu opinion.

  • monster -01

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:45pm

    I’m not sure about him, I need to see him as the doctor. In his costume and in the Tardis.

    he wasn’t my choice, but we cant make any opinions till I see him as the doctor!

  • Kristen

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:45pm

    Superb actor, inspired choice. Can’t wait for him to start. Just need storylines to match his genius, less soul searching and tears and more action!

  • dalek 2

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:44pm

    peter has ruined it i cant picture him with daleks cybermen river? clara? hes to old and not ginger

  • The TARDIS

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:44pm

    What’s wrong with old?

  • Anonymous

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:43pm

    Too early to judge but Sheridan Smith would have made the front page of all the papers if it was her,would really give the show some well needed publicity

  • The TARDIS

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:42pm

    Brilliant choice, great to know its someone older who can bring more respect and gravity to the role. No to demean the roles of Matt and David, but this is definitely a move in the right direction. How long do people think he will be around for?


    August 4th, 2013 - 7:40pm

    i am not 100% sue yet, but if you 100% NO! then why?

  • Rikki Krystal

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:40pm

    Brilliant,Fantastic,an old Doctor at last.
    Well Happy

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:40pm

    i don’t like him i can sauy that already hes to old


    August 4th, 2013 - 7:39pm

    think he will be good, although i will always see him as Caecilius and J Frobisher. Preferred if he wasnt that well known giving someone else a chance of making their career and also can’t really picture him with Clara! but i will watch and wait.

  • TheMadManWithABox1

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:37pm

    Really Dissapointed that people are judging peter less then 30 minuites after being annouced. give him a chance! I’m quite excited for Peter Capaldi. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:37pm

    I know

  • Scott

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:37pm


  • Scott

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:36pm

    Really glad it’s him, not my specific choice, but all the same he is going to be great, and that’s the first time I have feltlike that straight away!

  • Sebatron

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:36pm

    Not my first choice but he will be awesome!
    But people have to get used to him and give him a chance!

  • josh smith

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:34pm


  • Rangnath

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:33pm

    Excellent!!! Dr goes from strength to strength with the amazing actors it takes.

  • breixo lopez garcia

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:32pm

    I think that its the correct time maybe a little late, because when he lost amy pond and rory, it was the moment that you realized that smith has already past for every thing and maybe it will be the correct moment, because then if smith could be recover but then it would be nothing more stronger or I can’t imagine

  • RYCBAR123

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:32pm

    He’s a bit well known, but I’ll give him a chance! 🙂

  • Doctor PSY

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:32pm

    Really annoyed, at least it isn’t a woman…

  • julie lewis

    August 4th, 2013 - 7:30pm

    As someone who was in at the first dr I am a bit disappointed.
    An excellent actor but not the next dr for me.

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