Doctor Who belongs to all of us.
My agent rang me and she said, ‘Hello, Doctor.’ I started laughing and I haven’t stopped since.
Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight.
— Peter Capaldi during the broadcast on BBC One
From the Doctor Who website (which is now actually working again):
Doctor Who companion, Jenna Coleman says “I’m so excited Peter Capaldi is the man taking on the challenge of becoming the Twelfth Doctor. With Steven’s writing and his talent I know we’ll be making an amazing show with an incredible incarnation of number 12. I can’t wait to start this new adventure!”
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “We started thinking Peter Capaldi might be the right person to take on this iconic part a few months ago. But it was only when he did a secret audition at Steven’s house under the cover of darkness that we knew we had our man.”
You know him from The Hour, you know him from the brilliant series The Thick of It — and you know him The Fires of Pompeji, and Torchwood, too! It’s going to be interesting if they’re going to comment on that at all, given his huge involvement in 456/The Children of Earth incident… but then again, as we all know, previous involvement has never been much of a problem. Not for the companions, nor for the Doctor himself. Freema Agyeman played Martha’s cousin Adeola, while Karen Gillan hailed from Pompeji as well: she used to work part-time as a soothsayer. Colin Baker himself played another Time Lord before he was cast as the Sixth Doctor back in the day. (Edit: apparently, Six arrested Five. I think we’re out of the woods here.)
Also, it has come to my attention that Peter used to be in a band, the Dreamboys, with none other than Craig Ferguson! Can you imagine the interviews? Peter’s going to be a guest on the Late Late Show so fast we’ll get whiplash!