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Capaldi named as new Doctor Who

The new Doctor Who has been unveiled as The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi.

The Glasgow-born actor, whose appointment was shrouded in secrecy, was revealed as the12th incarnation of the role on live television.

Capaldi, who was the bookies' favourite, is the first Oscar winner to take on the role.

He said: "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."

Ahead of the announcement, the identity of the doctor was apparently known to just 10 people, with bosses using the codename Houdini to try and keep it a secret. Capaldi had emerged as a favourite, with bookmakers suspending bets on him taking the role on Friday after his odds tumbled.

The Scottish actor, famous for his role as foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in political comedy The Thick of It, is a lifelong fan of the show and wrote a letter to the Radio Times about the Daleks when he was a teenager.

His appointment was revealed on a live show presented by Zoe Ball, which included interviews with predecessor Matt Smith, who leaves at Christmas. He recorded a message, saying: "I just want to wish my successor all the best and just say good luck and good on you for getting it, because I know he is both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy."

Speaking on the show, the 55-year-old said: "It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer. But it has been absolutely fantastic in its own way, so many wonderful things have been happening. It was quite hard because even though I'm a lifelong Doctor Who fan, I haven't played Doctor Who since I was nine in the playground.

"I downloaded the old scripts from the internet and read those. I think Malcolm has been banished from the mirror by this Doctor Who, who certainly would not put up with any of Malcolm's language or attitude. I think Doctor Who is an extraordinary show."

Capaldi won an Academy Award in 1994 for the best short film (Live Action) for Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life, but really became a household name thanks to his performance as foul-mouthed spin-doctor Tucker.

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