The 12th Doctor Is Peter Capaldi

August 5, 2013

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Peter Capaldi, the Scottish actor best known for his role as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and In the Loop, may become the first man to really let the Daleks know what big metal twats they are. This weekend, he was officially selected to take over the role of the Doctor from Matt Smith, bringing his penchant for creative degradation to the world of Doctor Who

The casting comes after some speculation that the BBC and head writer Stephen Moffat would cast a female or person of color in the lead, finally ending the white patriarchy that has for so long held power in the TARDIS. That obviously didn't happen, but Capaldi's casting is still somewhat interesting in that it harkens back to the earlier days of the series, when the Doctor looked like the kind of older eccentric who holds up a coffee line with anger or misplaced affections. He also already has something of a Doctor Who connection, having played a part in a series of spin-off Torchwood, and elsewhere in the world of science fiction, he's provided a pretty tight synopsis for Star Wars.

Here's the official announcement video and a best-of from his memorable/scarring work in Armando Iannucci's The Thick of It. It's going to be really disappointing if he doesn't a least drop a C-bomb on a Cyberman.

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