The following is an excerpt from the BBC website:
Actor Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new star of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.
The 55-year-old Glasgow-born star will be the 12th actor to play the Doctor, replacing out-going lead Matt Smith.
Capaldi is best known for his role as foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It.
“It’s so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer, but it’s been so fantastic,” he said after the news was revealed on a live BBC One show.
The actor had been the bookmakers’ favourite to take on the role, with betting on him becoming the next Doctor suspended on Friday.
It is not the first time Capaldi has appeared on the show – he played Roman merchant Caecilius in 2008 Doctor Who adventure The Fires of Pompeii.
Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor and film director. He has had a large number of roles in film and television, and is maybe best known for his role asMalcolm Tucker in the BBC comedy series The Thick of It and its follow-up film In the Loop. In 1995, he won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life, which he directed. He has also won a BAFTA Award, a Chlotrudis Award and two British Comedy Awards.