It was perhaps the worst kept secret for quite some time but now, it’s official. The wait is over for who will be taking over for Matt Smith on Doctor Who. Peter Capaldi has officially been named the 12th doctor.
Peter was the odds-on favorite to take over the role as fans and critics alike placed their bets over who would be chosen. The BBC made the announcement during a live presentation on Sunday.
Doctor Who will next be played by “World War Z” star Peter Capaldi, who was the odds-on favorite to take the BBC’s storied sci-fi character into its 12th generation.
The BBC on Sunday announced its replacement for Matt Smith as the titular lead during a live show that began at 7 p.m. London time and was broadcast live in the U.S.
Smith announced he was giving up the role after four years last June, starting a wave of speculation among fans of the British sci-fi staple as to whose body Time Lord would inhabit next.
London oddsmakers were quick to take bets on who would next hold the Sonic Screwdriver, a secret reportedly only revealed to 10 people before its announcement. Capaldi was such a strong front-runner that bookmakers supended betting on the “The Thick of It” star when he became a 5/6 favorite.
Many speculated that the 12th Doctor would be the first to be a woman or a minority; Idris Elba had been named as a contender (though his film career is far along enough now) along with Ben Daniels, Rory Kinnear and Daniel Rigby.
The series that’s been running in one form or another (with some hiccups along the way) since 1963 is a major part of British culture and is the very definition of “cult hit” in the U.S. and around the world.