Peter Capaldi Named 12th 'Doctor Who' Doctor

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August 4th, 2013


The BBC has announced that Peter Capaldi has won the role of the 12th incarnation of The Doctor and will be taking over the Doctor Who role for Season 8, premiering next year.

via press release:

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Peter Capaldi revealed as the next Doctor in Doctor Who

Amid much hype and speculation, Peter Capaldi was unveiled as the next Doctor during a special live television event on BBC AMERICA and BBC ONE today.

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 Doctor’s.”

Rankin exclusively shot Peter Capaldi this morning, picture is attached.

Doctor Who airs is produced by BBC Cymru Wales.


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 the BBC AMERICA and 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 AMERICA and BBC One drama series The Musketeers, in which he plays Cardinal Richelieu which will launch in early 2014.

  • Penny

    He is so old. I still miss David, hasn’t been the same since he left :(

  • John Walsh

    Nice choice. It Wouldn’t be mine, but it’s nice to see the doctor as an older man again.

  • romo

    Who ?

  • Rem

    Looks like they are going with more older and serious compared to younger and light hearted of the last 2 versions.

  • Ike

    I love Matt Smith, but I’m really glad to see an older actor with (even more) gravitas take over the role.

    The first person to comment here is yet another David Tennant obsessive? GET OVER IT, Penny! Sheesh. Do you realize a million Tom Baker fans said the same thing over and over in the 1980s? So repetitive. Circle of life, and all that, I guess.

  • TV Addict

    Daniel Radcliffe anyone??

  • KMS53

    Not only was I hoping for an older doctor, but I have enjoyed Capaldi’s work, so I am very excited. And Penny, I loved David Tennant, too. I also loved Tom Baker, but in a different way since I was 6 or so. I have not loved as much Matt Smith’s era, although that was partly due to the overwhelming avalanche of changes made when Moffat took over. However, no matter what, I have been very impressed with how much hard work and heart Smith put into the role. My point is that everyone has their favorite Doctor, but regeneration is inevitable, and accepting the new actor for what he has to offer is part of being a Doctor Who fan. And even though I’ve never had this problem, if you really happen to hate the current incarnation, I bet it’s nice to know it can’t last forever.

  • cathy

    WHAT? This man had a major role in “Torchwood: Children of Earth”.

  • Fashe

    Another boring old white man.

  • Barb

    Very pleased with the choice. Now if they can now stop with snogging the Doctor, taking the manic storytelling a couple of notches down and maybe adding more 2-parters (the major problem with Smith’s era) then I’ll be a happy camper.

  • Refrain

    Did anyone else notice that Matt Smith didn’t look too happy about leaving during his interview? His head was down, barely looked at the camera, looked emotional like he didn’t want to leave the role but had no other choice?

    Something wasn’t quite right there with Matt Smith, he looked dejected. Makes me wonder if he was hoofed out, or changed his mind about leaving and was told he had to go because they had found someone else.

  • Observer

    Excellent choice! I’m so happy with a more mature Doctor. Gravitas and whatever..

  • Ravenrei

    I think this is going to be a very good choice. The only things I’ve seen him in before are a few Britcoms (small parts on Vicar of Dibley and My Family) and Tennant’s ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ in DW series 4, but he seems to have a good acting range. I went back and rewatched Pompeii this evening and I could totally see him as The Doctor. His character kinda covered all the expected emotional bases except for humour (though he made a few unintended jokes), but having seen him in comedies I know that won’t be a problem.

    Regeneration is always a bittersweet time, but I’m prepared. Viva the Twelfth!

  • cobber1234

    For those who haven’t seen him, check out the truly appalling character he plays in The Thick of It. Good, good choice and apparently about the same age as the very 1st Doctor.

  • Raz

    No one is ever happy leaving the role of The Doctor. It’s one of those parts that come along once in a life time and one has but a short time to slip into the Time Lords’ shoes.

    Would love to see Helen Miran as the doctor.

  • Greg Eckes


    I thought about that, but he did not show any of this at Comic Con so I don’t think that is the case.

    AS for Peter, I think it’s a great choice. I think his doctor is going to be more controlled and sarcastic.

  • keyser

    I do think Smith was sad in the footage as well. I think Moffat made the decision to make a change as he’s the showrunner and he wanted a new doctor for the 50th. I wish Smith had stayed for another season as he was my favorite, but I think the days of someone really staying in the role are gone now. It seems to be 3 series (with Christmas Specials) and a couple specials and you’re out the door as people want change nowadays more often.

    In the end, Smith will have done just as much as Tennant did (Tennant did like 2 or 3 specials more as I recall). This could be the way the BBC wants it now, as if the actor stays they would have to pay them more over the years and the BBC is overall cheap with how they run things. They spend little to no money and little scheduled time to make the “An Adventure In Space And Time” TV movie that will air this fall.

    I also feel that Moffat moved Smith out as Moffat has said that his time on DW is closer to the end and this could be a vanity thing for Moffat as his character of River Song has met the 12th Doctor in her timeline, so it would be better for Moffat to have those meetings happen now with him still as showrunner. A new showrunner may just not want to deal with the River Song character at all and do what they want now that they are in charge. So this may be the way of Moffat servicing his original character’s history in the end.

    Smith was awesome!

  • cimmer

    I’d like less hype and media circus about who the Doctor is going to be and more emphasis on the stories please.

  • Ekras

    Gosh Darnit – I was hoping for someone a little older….

  • Lisa

    LOL at the people who are saying Capaldi is old. (I’m referring to the people who are whining about it, not the ones who either simply acknowledge than he’s an older actor or are happy about it.) He’s older than Smith and Tennant, sure, but 55 is NOT old. Your ageism is showing! Anyone who was watching mostly because they thought Tennant or Smith was cute can leave now–you won’t be missed.

    For me, Capaldi has the “look” of the Doctor, and I’m guessing he’ll do fine. I’m hoping he’ll be more grounded and less manic/OTT than the last two Doctors.

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