It’s official, there have now been a dozen doctors in Whoville as the BBC announced Peter Capaldi as the 12th actor to play the lead character in the long-running “Doctor Who” science fiction series. Capaldi, who skews much older [he’s 55] than his predecessor Matt Smith [age 30] is perhaps best known to American audiences as Azolan from “Dangerous Liasions” [for the older audience] or the W.H.O. [that’s World Health Organization…] doctor in the recently released “World War Z” but has found most of his fame in the BBC television series “Thick of It” as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in the politics-based comedy. The Scottish actor has already appeared in an episode – in 2008 as a merchant, during David Tennant’s tenure as the doctor – and has won an Academy Award in 1995 as director of live-action short entitled “Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life”.
The 51st season of “Doctor Who” with Capaldi as the new doctor, is scheduled to begin filming in October and debut in early 2014.