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Peter Capaldi to play new Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi, the brilliant Scottish actor with a blistering wit and ferocious on-screen style, has been named the 12th Doctor Who. 

In a long tease of a BBC special, just concluded, Capaldi was named as next steward of what is certainly the world's longest-running TV role, 50 years old now, and one of TV's most beloved. "Who," a glory of imagination and often humor, made a huge star of the outgoing doctor, Matt Smith. Now, Capaldi is about to get his intensive closeup too. American viewers probably best know him from "The Thick of It," though he is also in "World War Z." (Strange but true fact: His role in the movie is credited simply as "W.H.O. Doctor.")

In a statement, he said:  “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 will start next year; Smith leaves at the end of this one.

Meanwhile, here's the BBC's bio of Capaldi, which  offers you a pretty good sense of his breadth and versatility; this will be a very good Who indeed... 

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.  

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