Peter Capaldi Is The New Doctor Who Star

The BBC says British actor Peter Capaldi is the next star of the long-running science fiction series “Doctor Who.”

The announcement was made during a live television broadcast on Sunday.

The 55-year-old is best known as venom-spitting spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in political comedy “The Thick of It.”

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He is the 12th actor to play the Doctor, a galaxy-hopping Time Lord who travels in the Tardis, a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth.

“Doctor Who” was first broadcast in 1963 and is now one of the BBC’s most popular programs, both in Britain and abroad.

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Its longevity is due partly to the flexibility of the premise. The Doctor can regenerate into new bodies, and can travel to any point in space or time.

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