Well this is somewhat of a shock. For the first time, the bookies got it right! The Thick of It’s Peter Capaldi has been cast as Matt Smith’s successor as The 12th Doctor in Doctor Who!
Peter is of course best know as Malcolm Tucker in Armando Iannucci’s The Thick Of It, but he’s previously appeared in Doctor Who as Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii, and also popped up in Torchwood as Permanent Secretary John Frobisher.
Like David Tennant, he’s a Scot, and also the oldest actor to take on the role since William Harnell, which in the shows 50th Anniversary year seems rather appropriate. When Steven Moffat was first looking to cast the Doctor, he always said he envisioned someone older, but Matt nailed the role, so it’s not unsurprising it went to an older actor this time around. It’ll be interesting to see if he tempers down the accent and plays him as English like David, or if we get our first Scottish sounding Doctor!
So what are your thoughts? Good choice? Bad choice? Leave your thoughts in the comments!