Peter Capaldi Named New Doctor Who!

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Matt Smith is out - and Peter Capaldi is officially in.

Following the announcement this summer that Smith will leave the iconic BBC series after this year's Christmas special, producers revealed during a TV special that Capaldi will inhabit the famous character in 2014, becoming the 12th person to take control of the TARDIS overall.

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Capaldi, 55, rose to fame in the UK via the sitcom The Thick of It. He also is coming off a role in the Brad Pitt movie World War Z.

“Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege," the actor said in a statement. "Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can't wait to get started."

Adds producer Steven Moffat:  “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!”

So, what do you think of Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who?

 

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I don't know anything about Dr. Who but Peter Capaldi was awesome as Sid's father on Skins (UK version). He had the greatest line in the history of the show, "Say goodbye to sunshine, sunshine - you are grounded! No telly, no stereo, no Asian fanny fun".

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Capaldi is a master-class and this is fine casting. The TARDIS has it's oscar winning pilot.

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The character is called the Doctor. Not Doctor Who. That is the title of the show, and its central question.