Ever since Matt Smith announced that he was hanging up his bow-tie and leaving the TARDIS (and before that, really), Whovians have been in a tizzy over who would be the next, the Twelfth, the last (?) Doctor. The terrible wait is over.
On a live BBC event, showrunner Steven Moffat has announced that Peter Capaldi is the new Time Lord. UK bookies were sure of this a day ago as they had stopped taking bets on Capaldi as the new Doctor. Jenna-Louise Coleman will remain as companion Clara Oswin Oswald. The latest incarnation of Doctor Who will debut in the upcoming Christmas special when the Doctor will regenerate from Smith to Capaldi, presumably at the end.
Capaldi being quite a bit older than Coleman, this almost certainly changes the Doctor-companion dynamic from one that was flirty to perhaps the more traditional mentor-student role. He is maybe best known for his work on the program The Thick of It, that ran from 2005-2012. Admittedly, I only know him from his one episode of Peep Show as a history professor. His reputation is one of being quite the vulgarian.
Smith will be joined by Tenth Doctor David Tennant, Billie Piper (9 & 10 companion Rose Tyler), and “The Doctor” John Hurt in the 3D 50th anniversary special airing on Nov 23 before his final go. It is unknown how much Capaldi will appear in the Christmas special following the regeneration but his first scene with Clara has been written for some time. Skepticism may run rampant but even the most contrary fans will still be tuning into for the tales of the Twelfth Doctor.