The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) officially announced Sunday that Peter Capaldi will be the next actor to take over the role as “The Doctor” on the network’s long-running science-fiction series, Doctor Who.
The show, which originally aired in England in 1963, but quickly gained popularity in the US, has featured several different actors in the title role.
Capaldi will take the acting reins from Matt Smith, who portrayed the 11th Doctor. Smith announced in June that he would be leaving the show after playing the time lord for three seasons.
Born in Glascow, Scotland, the Oscar-winning Capaldi is best known for his portrayal of “Malcolm Tucker” in the BBC television series The Thick of It and its movie spin-off, In the Loop.
He also played a physician from the World Health Organization in the 2013 film World War Z.
“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,” Capaldi stated in an online article published by The Independent.
The first full episode featuring Capaldi in the title role is scheduled to air on BBC and BBC America in early 2014.
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