"Doctor Who" fans have been speculating, predicting, and in some cases, even betting on who will take over as the new Doctor in the eighth season of this iteration of the much loved science-fiction show. It appears that the wait is over: Scottish actor Peter Capaldi has been named the new Doctor during a live show on BBC last night, Sunday, Aug. 4.
The actor was more than pleased to be taking on the role, as he grew up a fan of the show.
"I haven't played Doctor Who since I was 9 on the playground," Capaldi told CNN. "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."
Executive producer Stephen Moffat is quite pleased with Capaldi in the role of the Doctor.
"One of the most talented actors of his generation is about to play the best part on television," Moffat said, according to BBC News.
Moffat auditioned Capaldi through a video taped performance at his home. When Moffat showed the video to others at "Doctor Who" they easily agreed Capaldi should be the next Doctor.
"We made a home video of [Capaldi] being the doctor and I showed it around and everyone said 'yes, that's the Doctor,'" Moffas said.
Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor on the series. He is replacing Matt Smith, who offered words of encouragement to Capaldi.
"I wish my successor all the best and say good luck and good on you for getting it, because I know he's both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy," Smith told BBC.