So there you have it – after months of speculation, 55 year old Peter Capaldi has been finally confirmed as the twelfth star of Doctor Who!
While Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor was a typical BBC light entertainment love in with pointlessly selected “celebrity” guests and lacking substance while we awaited the main event, the audience reaction was of course exactly what you would expect.
Capaldi saw off strong competition from latecomers such as Sam Troughton and Aneurin Barnard to become the very first actor descended from a previous Doctor/the very first black Doctor/ the very first female Doctor, defying expectations.
Some quotes have been released by the official Doctor Who website. Says the new Doctor:
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.
Meanwhile, Steven Moffatsays:
It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!
There’s very little else to say at this stage, other than admire the photo above. You can catch the end of the live podKast until 8pm, at which point the show will be available via iTunes, RSS, Stitcher and Audioboo as usual.
A brave new dawn for Doctor Who beckons – it’s going to be interesting!