August 5th, 2013
12:45 PM ET
For fans, the who in Doctor Who has been answered.
The long-running TV show has been looking for a new Time Lord to travel in the TARDIS, and now they have him. As revealed on Sunday, Peter Capaldi is the 12th actor to don the bow-tie and scarf following Matt Smith, who's moving on from battling The Master across the time continuum.
"It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer," Capaldi said in a live broadcast reveal on the BBC. "I haven't played Doctor Who since I was 9 on the playground."
Capaldi is a well-respected British actor who may be familiar to American audiences for his recent role in Brad Pitt's "World War Z." Funnily enough, he played a World Health Organization doctor in the zombie thriller - a.k.a., a W.H.O doctor.
The revelation of Capaldi's casting was a surprise to many, and it hasn't gone without criticism. There's a debate raging over whether the actor, at 55, may be too old to play the good Doctor.
That being said, the reaction overall has been positive (BuzzFeed has 23 reasons to love the star).
"One of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television," Steven Moffat, the show's executive producer, has said. "We made a home video of [Capaldi] being the Doctor and I showed it around and everyone said 'yes, that's (it).'"
Capaldi, who just so happens to be an old chum of "The Late Late Show's" Craig Ferguson, is very much looking forward to taking on one of the most classic characters in pop culture.
"Being asked to play the the Doctor is an amazing privilege," Capaldi said later in the BBC special. "I can't wait to get started."
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