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The new Doctor Who is in

BBC One has announced that Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor.

After speculation the next star of Doctor Who would be a woman, BBC One has announced that Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor in the Prime TV sci-fi drama.

The 55-year-old Glasgow-born actor, who has made a name for himself as foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and BBC journalist Randall Brown in The Hour, says he is looking forward to the sci-fi role, when the 11th doctor, Matt Smith, steps down at Christmas.

“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,” he says.

There had been some speculation that a woman would be cast for the first time in the role after actress Dame Helen Mirren stepped into the debate.

“I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who. I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all,” Helen told UK TV show Daybreak.

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