LONDON – Peter Capaldi is going from spin doctor to “Doctor Who.”
The BBC announced Sunday that the Scottish actor, best known as venom-spitting political fixer Malcolm Tucker in the sitcom “The Thick of It” and its film spin-off, “In the Loop,” is the new star of “Doctor Who,” the famed science fiction series soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Capaldi 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. At age 55, he’s also the oldest since the first Doctor, William Hartnell.
Capaldi, a fan of the show since childhood, said that “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,” he said.
Capaldi has a long list of movie, television and stage credits, from the 1983 film “Local Hero,” to zombie thriller “World War Z,” to the BBC’s recent newsroom drama “The Hour.” “Doctor Who” was first broadcast in 1963 and is now one of the BBC’s most popular programs, both in Britain and abroad.