Peter Capaldi, the 55-year-old actor has been announced as Matt Smith’s replacement during the BBC One special “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor” on Sunday.
The live show featured live and previously recorded appearances from the previous Doctors, with news the eleventh doctor will die in this year’s Christmas special.
Just before the announcement, executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat, teased viewers about the identity of the twelfth Doctor, saying, “The decision is made and the time has come to reveal who’s taking over the TARDIS. For the last of the Time Lords, the clock is striking twelve.”
Matt Smith recently revealed he felt the 50th anniversary year was the “right time” to leave “Doctor Who”.
Smith explained, “I’ve had four wonderful years, been on some great journeys on and off screen. Part of me felt it was the right time to go after the 50th anniversary, after the celebration of its birthday, that perhaps it was my time [to go] .”
The 50th anniversary special – which also stars David Tennant, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Billie Piper and John Hurt – airs on November 23, exactly 50 years after the show first started in 1963.
Matt Smith feels Peter Capaldi is the perfect choice to take over as Doctor Who.
Smith stated, “If I had to pick someone I’d pick him. Because I think he’s great. Weirdly enough after ‘The Eleventh Hour’ [Matt’s debut as The Doctor] he came up to me in the street and said, ‘Mate well done. I watched your episode last night it was brilliant, I think you’re really good.’ I needed that, I needed a boost and I never forgot it.
“I’ve loved it, I really have, but when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. There was a backlash when I was cast. I was 26 and I was unknown. I just want to wish my successor all the best and, just say good luck and good on you for getting it. I know he’s a both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy. The casting of it made me really excited, as a fan I think it’s a really canny choice, I think he’ll be a hit. Good luck man it’s going to be a thrill.”
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