Actor Peter Capaldi was named the 12th actor to play The Doctor on “Doctor Who” in the revered British series’ 50-year history.
The announcement came Sunday (Aug. 4) just before 2:30 p.m. eastern time (in the U.S.) on a special live broadcast originating from the BBC in London, where it was early evening, five hours later. American viewers saw the show on BBC America.
Capaldi, 55, replaces Matt Smith, who announced in June his final episode in the title role of “Doctor Who” will be the Christmas episode. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Capaldi has had a long career on British TV, and as a result, he is well-known to English TV audiences.
At age 55, he’s a much more mature choice for the coveted “Doctor Who” role than Smith, who was 26 when he was named to play Doctor Who in 2010.
“It’s so wonderful not to have to keep this secret any longer!” Capaldi said when he came out on-stage before a studio audience filled with “Doctor Who” fans.
The big reveal came at the end of a half-hour show that had actors and celebrities talking about “Doctor Who” and the past 11 actors who played the role. Included among the diverse group of celebrities seen on tape talking about the show were: Physicist Stephen Hawking and “Dancing With the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli.