Proving the rumours true, he was named in a Live BBC special which aired in the UK and was broadcast on ABC1 early this morning.
The 55 year old actor has appeared in The Thick of It, The Hour, Accused, Getting On and World War Z, as well as playing Caecilius in “The Fires of Pompeii” episode of Doctor Who and the “Children of Earth” edition of Torchwood.
“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. I can’t wait to get started,” he said.
Capaldi said the show’s longevity was due not just to the 11 actors who had played the lead role and those who had donned its alien costumes, but the viewing audience.
“The real reason Doctor Who is still with us is because every single viewer who ever turned on to watch this show at any age, at any time in its history and their history, took it into their heart because Doctor Who belongs to all of us. Everyone made Doctor Who.”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer says : “It’s an incendiary combination: one of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television. Peter Capaldi is in the TARDIS!”
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. He’s an extraordinarily talented actor who can seemingly turn his hand to anything. We can’t wait to premiere his unique take on the Doctor on Christmas Day and we are sure he’s going to become one of the all-time classic Doctors.”
Capaldi is currently filming new BBC One drama series The Musketeers, in which he plays Cardinal Richelieu and will follow from Matt Smith who concludes in this year’s Christmas special. Fans have been kept guessing as to the new identity ever since Smith announced his exit in June -including theories his replacement may even be female.
Doctor Who is currently celebrating its 50th year on television.
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor will also be available to watch on iview today, and is replayed at 8.30pm tonight on ABC2.