Peter Capaldi will be the new Doctor Who, the twelfth to take on that role in the long-lived BBC series. The announcement was aired in a special program on August 4.
The 55-year-old Glasgow-born actor is best known to BBC viewers as “foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker ” in The Thick of It.
Capaldi has appeared on Doctor Who before, in 2008 playing Roman merchant Caecilius in “The Fires of Pompeii.”
The selection of Capaldi seems to have been foreshadowed by his role in World War Z, where he played a researcher for the World Health Organization and was listed in the credits as “W.H.O. Doctor.” (It’s right there at IMDB!)
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]
They must be getting terribly careless of Doctors … this is, what, the fourth in the last few years? Maybe it’s a lousy job and they can’t keep them.
Capaldi will be the 4th since 2005.
Exciting details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_actors_who_have_played_the_Doctor
Mr. Capaldi also portrayed Home Secretary John Frobisher in Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood: Children of Earth.