05:25 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 08/05/2013 03:45PM
Peter Capaldi is going from spin doctor to Doctor Who.
The BBC announced Sunday that the Scottish actor, best known as venom-spitting political fixer Malcolm Tucker in the sitcom The Thick of It and its film spin-off, In the Loop, is the new star of Doctor Who, the famed sci-fi series soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The identity of the new Doctor had been the subject of frantic speculation, and the revelation was made with fanfare befitting one of Britain's best-known shows – during a live dinnertime TV broadcast.
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