by staff writer Michael Brown
British actor Peter Capaldi, who plays foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker, a political “enforcer” in the television show The Thick of It and its movie spin-off In the Loop has just been announced as the 12th Doctor and will replace Matt Smith in the role after his final appearance in the Christmas episode. On the BBC’s Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor broadcast today, former Time Lords and Companions and show makers gathered to announce Capaldi as the final regeneration of the Time Lord. Capaldi, a life long Whovian who, as a teenager wrote a letter about Daleks to the magazine Radio Times, stated on the show that when he finally received the call from Doctor Who casting execs, he couldn’t even tell his daughter his big secret. Sources close to the show said just 10 people knew the actor’s identity before the big reveal earlier today. Bookies and those placing bets hoping to win big on the next Doctor’s identity have had their hands full. Bookmakers in the UK suspended betting on the next Doctor when Capaldi became the 5/6 favorite. Rumors on the next Doctor’s identity were everywhere and everything, from being female, to being of another race, and even Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, who portrayed Ron Weasley, was a strong favorite. Steven Moffat, former producer of Doctor Who, said that Capaldi was always in his mind but it was never the right time. “The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking 12,” Mr Moffat said in a statement. And Capaldi is no stranger to being part of the Doctor’s mythos. He has appeared in the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood, as well as appearing in Doctor Who as a merchant who lived in the town of Pompeii at the time Vesuvius erupted. In the storyline, the merchant and his family are saved when the Doctor takes them to Rome in the Doctor’s time machine, the TARDIS.
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