And the 12th Doctor Who is ... Peter Capaldi

Written by Sharon Eberson on .

PeterCapaldiThe most coveted role in British television goes to Peter Capaldi, who has been tapped as the 12th Doctor Who. Matt Smith will leave the role after this 50th anniversary year and regenerate into Capaldi, 55, who was filming when he got the call from his agent, who said, "Hello, Doctor."

Capaldi has been in an episode of "Doctor Who": He played Caecilius in 2008's "The Fire of Pompeii." 

"The casting made me really excited," Smith said on the live BBC America broadcast where Capaldi was announced as the next Time Lord.

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