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Peter Capaldi is 12th Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi in In The Loop

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Capaldi has been announced as the new star of Doctor Who.

The Scottish actor, 55, will be the 12th actor to play the Doctor, replacing outgoing star Matt Smith.

The announcement was made during a special live programme on BBC One on Sunday night (August 4, 2013).

Capaldi has history with the series, having previously appeared in an episode entitled The Fires of Pompeii before.

His appointment as the Doctor was one of the worst guarded secrets in TV history given that bookies had suspended betting on the actor on Saturday.

Capaldi is, of course, previously best known for playing foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in hit TV satire The Thick of It and its film version, In The Loop.

Commenting after being unveiled, the actor said: “I’m surprised to look in the mirror and see Doctor Who looking back.”

He then paid tribute to the legacy of the show and the many great actors who had played the Time Lord before, as well as the great writers and crews who have brought the show to life during its various incarnations.

Earlier in the show, outgoing Doctor Matt Smith said: “I’ll miss playing a character who can bounce from A-Z and be the smartest in the room and the silliest in the room… what a character. There are no parts like this.”

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