British actor Peter Capaldi is the next star of Doctor Who.
The 55-year-old is best known as venom-spitting spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick of It.
He is the 12th actor to play the Doctor, a galaxy-hopping Time Lord who travels in the Tardis, a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth. Doctor Who was first broadcast in 1963 and is now one of the BBC's most popular programs, both in Britain and abroad.
Previous actors who have played the role are; William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.
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