New Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi to replace Matt Smith as the Twelfth Doctor
Peter Capaldi is the twelfth Doctor.
After months of feverish speculation, the actor, best known to viewers as the star of The Thick of It, was unveiled as Matt Smith’s replacement during a live BBC1 programme this evening.
In a recorded interview prior to the big reveal, Smith said of his sucessor “If I was gonna pick someone… I’d pick him…
"If I had to give him a message, I’d say ‘You’re gonna have to work hard, buddy’.
"I’m excited because I know what’s coming and he’s gonna have a blast."
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Moffat, who was visiting the U.S. to bring “Doctor Who” and his other show “Sherlock” to Comic-Con, spoke about the challenges posed by the impending transition between Matt Smith and the next Doctor. The new actor will star opposite Jenna Coleman’s character Clara, the Doctor’s traveling companion, as well as several other characters who already have been introduced.
With a familiar cast of characters and an established writing team, Moffat said, the new Doctor will be part of a “substantially different” landscape than the one outgoing star Smith faced when he landed the role.
We left off yesterday with the arrival of the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, in 1987, and then, just as things were looking promising, we went mysteriously quiet. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
Here’s how CNN announced the arrival of the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, in 1996….
Ok. So we are now 12 hours away from the live television reveal of the 12th Doctor.
It is being simulcast in four countries across three continents.
We will be liveblogging the announcement here on the Doctor Who Tumblr. You can also find livetweeterers (listed above) via the Twitters.
We’ve been in crazy answer mode since Thursday night, fielding over 2300(!) questions over the past three days. In order to deal with the volume of questions, we’ve turned anon off.
jodrouin asked: so what you’re trying to say is that there’s [sunglasses down] 12 hours until Twelve is announced [muffled ‘yeeeeeeah!’ in the distance].
Who comes next? Comes the Midnight Hour.
We’re about half a day away! Almost there!
This Sunday, an event that has only happened eleven times in the past 50 years will happen again. An actor or actress will be confirmed as the new Doctor inDoctor Who. It’s an announcement that will be receiving a LOT of attention, a 30-minute live TV show, with interviews and analysis and all sorts.
This literal Who-ha represents a far greater reaction than the public and press responses to some of the Doctor’s previous incarnations. In fact if you go back as far as the very first regeneration, then known as a “renewal,” TV listings magazines like the Radio Times were encouraged to play it down, so as to reassure fans that it would be business as usual.