Cue the White Smoke: The British Have Elected a New Doctor
And the new Doctor is…
Peter Capaldi! After three seasons as the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith is stepping down and regenerating during the Christmas Special this year. The 12th Doctor sees a return to an older actor portraying the titular character, taking the role at the same age as the debut Doctor, William Hartnell.
This isn’t Capaldi’s first role in Doctor Who, as he played Caecilius in the David Tennant-era episode “The Fires of Pompeii” and John Frobisher on Torchwood. Capaldi’s tenure as the Doctor will begin filming this Fall.