Peter Capaldi Revealed As Next Doctor Who
The Thick Of It star is set to take over from Matt Smith at Christmas...
The star of The Thick Of It was revealed as the 12th Time Lord in a special live show on BBC One this evening, with bookies having stopped taking bets on him the day before.
The 55-year-old Glaswegian will take over from Smith in the Christmas special - and will then co-star with Jenna Louise Coleman in the next full series of the popular sci-fi drama.
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."
And show boss Steven Moffat commented: "It's an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!"
The BBC released a portrait photograph by Rankin to mark the occasion.
Capaldi won many fans with his portrayal of foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It - along with a Bafta and two British Comedy Awards.
Picture © Rankin