Peter Capaldi will replace Matt Smith as the new Doctor!

Published Sunday, Aug 4 2013, 19:56 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Peter Capaldi has been named as the new Doctor.

The Hour and The Thick Of It actor, 55, will replace Matt Smith as the famous time travelling hero.

Peter Capaldi at The Royal Television Society Awards 2010 (RTS awards), London, England - 16.03.10

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The Scot will be the 12th Doctor in BBC1's hit sci-fi drama after Matt revealed he was quitting the show after four years.

The announcement was made in tonight's (August 4) live show Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, which was hosted by Zoë Ball.

Peter, a lifelong Doctor Who fan, admitted he had found it difficult keeping his new job a secret.

He said: "It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer.

"For a while I couldn't tell my daughter. She was reading the rumours on the internet and getting upset that they weren't mentioning me."

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