UPDATE (4:15 p.m. EST): BBC has posted a video of Capaldi introducing himself as the new Doctor. It can be viewed below:
UPDATE (3:15 p.m. EST): The official Doctor Who Facebook page has released the first promotional image of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor.
Doctor Who fans, the speculation is over! After months guessing, waiting, and dream-casting, we finally know who will be taking on the role of the 12th Doctor. Just moments ago, Zoe Ball announced Peter Capaldi as Matt Smith’s successor on BBC’s Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor special. The show opened up with a montage of the previous Doctors, companions, and the evils they’ve faced throughout the series. It also featured live appearances from Peter Davison (5th Doctor), Bernard Cribbins (Wilfred Mott), and celebrity fans Liza Tarbuck, Daniel Roche, and Rufus Hound. Even the TARDIS was in attendance. Davison, Tarbuck, and Roche all admitted they had no knowledge of who had been cast during their interviews, and Davison shared some fun banter about his daughter’s marriage to David Tennant. In another interview, Matt Smith reflected on the initial backlash following his casting announcement, how much he loved his bow tie and fez, and how he would miss being The Doctor.
Of course, there’s always a part of you that goes “I never want to go.” There are no parts like this.
He also said he supported the casting decision and wished the man taking over the role luck.
If I had to pick someone, I’d pick him. I’m excited because I know what’s coming, and I know he’s going to have a blast.
After a reflection on the regeneration process, which looked at the prior incarnations of The Doctor and what the actors brought to the role, the show featured Cribbins and Hound in a live interview. Both of them reflected on the impact of Doctor Who. In his interview, Steven Moffat talked about how he would miss Matt Smith and the new casting.
We all had an idea, we all had the same idea, and it was a quite different idea. We made a home video of that person being The Doctor… and everyone just said, “Oh, yes!” Three words to describe the new doctor: “different from Matt.”
Peter Capaldi is a Scottish actor and director who has acted in one Doctor Who episode in the past. He played Caecilius in “The Fires of Pompeii,” which is the same episode that featured Karen Gillan playing a Soothsayer before she became Amy Pond. He also portrayed John Frobisher in the “Children of Earth” arc of the spin-off series, Torchwood. He has a history of playing eccentric and troubled characters, which fits The Doctor to a tee. Capaldi spoke with Ball about the time leading up to his unveiling and how his daughter would search the web for casting speculations and would be upset that he typically wasn’t mentioned. He also talked about how the show resonates with its audience:
Doctor Who is still with us because of every single viewer who’s taken it to their hearts. It belongs to all of us.
For those who missed it, you can see the announcement and Capaldi’s entrance in the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qFWx3VsG2s As we’ve previously reported, Smith’s last episode will be the annual Christmas special. It’s bittersweet because it’ll be the last we see of the 11th Doctor and his bow tie, but it also means we’re only months away from our first glimpse at Capaldi’s incarnation as the regeneration process takes place. What do you guys think of this casting? Are you excited to see what Capaldi brings to the Doctor Who universe? Let us know below!