|Posted by SonicR on August 5, 2013 at 3:55 AM|
Today, at 4am AEST, after months of speculation, the identity of the 12th Doctor was finally revealed:
The BBC released the following statement after the announcement had been made:
"In a special live broadcast, the it was today announced that the role of Doctor Who would next be played by Peter Capaldi.
Widely regarded as one of the biggest roles in British television, Capaldi will be the Twelfth Doctor and takes over from Matt Smith who leaves the show at Christmas.
Peter Capaldi says: “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.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says : “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!”
Doctor Who companion, Jenna Coleman says “I’m so excited Peter Capaldi is the man taking on the challenge of becoming the Twelfth Doctor. With Steven’s writing and his talent I know we’ll be making an amazing show with an incredible incarnation of number 12. I can’t wait to start this new adventure!”
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One says : “Peter Capaldi has all the genius and versatility needed to take on the mantel of the great Time Lord and make the role his own. He’ll bring his own particular wisdom, charisma and wit to the Twelfth Doctor and take the show into an exciting new era.”
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “We started thinking Peter Capaldi might be the right person to take on this iconic part a few months ago. But it was only when he did a secret audition at Steven’s house under the cover of darkness that we knew we had our man. He’s an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything. We can’t wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he’s going to become one of the all-time classic Doctors.”"
Going by the reaction I've seen on the web today, I can safely say that Peter has been very well received by fans. However, there are those who say he's 'too old' to take the role. Perhaps they need to be reminded that Peter is only 55, the same age that William Hartnell was when he took the role 50 years ago! It is fitting, that in that time, Doctor Who has come full circle in respect to the age of the actor playing the lead role.
What do you think of the casting choice? Is Peter Capaldi the best candidate, or were there others you would have preferred? Is Peter too old? Are you looking forward to his first appearance in the Christmas Special? Let everyone know by commenting below!
From everyone here at ABC Whovians, we wish Peter Capaldi all the best for becoming part of Doctor Who history, and we look forward to the day when the Twelfth Doctor flies the TARDIS for the first time.