Whovians rejoice, after two months of speculation the BBC has officially announced their new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
The long-awaited announcement was made this evening on a special live TV event on the UK’s BBC 1 where Zoe Ball was on hand to confirm the latest actor to pilot the famous TARDIS.
The 35 minute special featured a number of celebrity Doctor Who fans including a fan favourite, the 5th Doctor himself, Peter Davison. In addition the fans were treated to a number of montages including an interview with the current Doctor Matt Smith, who sadly was in LA filming his new film with Ryan Gosling.
Unlike Matt Smith, who was little known as an actor prior to becoming the Doctor, Capaldi does have a considerable acting profile to his name including In the Loop, The Thick of It, Skins and Waking the Dead. Interestingly though is that he was one of the guest stars of Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin-off, in the Children of Earth mini-series. He also guest starred opposite David Tennant’s Doctor in the episode The Fires of Pompeii.
The decision to introduce a well established actor into the role of the Doctor is not unknown, most recently with Christopher Eccleston who played the 9th Doctor. Eccleston’s TV and movie career was very much established long before he put on the now famous leather jacket for the revival of Who.
Now that the announcement has been made Whovians can again draw their focus straight back to November 23rd and the special 50th anniversary episode which will show David Tennant’s Doctor meet Matt Smith’s Doctor in a multi-doctor storyline likely to set the stage for the next series.
Are you happy with the announcement? Will our new Doctor still be a fan of fish fingers and custard? What’s your view on the latest actor to be handed the TARDIS key?
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