Peter Capaldi confirmed as new ‘Doctor Who’ star

'The Thick Of It' star will take over from Matt Smith later this year (2013)

Peter Capaldi has been confirmed as the new star of Doctor Who.

The Scottish actor, who had emerged as bookies’ favourite in recent weeks, will take over from Matt Smith to become the 12th Timelord later this year.

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The news was broken during a special live show on BBC One earlier this evening (August 4) in which Capaldi admitted: “I’m surprised to look in the mirror and see Doctor Who looking back.” The show’s official Twitter feed then confirmed Capaldi’s casting.

Capaldi, 55, is best known for his role as expletive-spewing spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in acclaimed BBC comedy The Thick Of It. His many other TV and film credits include The Hour, Skins and The Devil’s Whore and he previously guest starred on an episode of Doctor Who in 2008.

Matt Smith announced in June that he will be leaving the show at the end of this year (2013). Viewers will see his Doctor regenerate into Capaldi’s Timelord during the upcoming Christmas special.

Before then, Smith’s Doctor will return in the show’s 50th anniversary special airing on November 23. In addition to current companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, he’ll be joined for the episode by his Doctor Who predecessor David Tennant and popular former companion Billie Piper.