Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor

Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor

It was the announcement that die-hard Doctor Who fans all around the world were waiting for, and on Sunday (August 4) the next Doctor was revealed.

Tapped for the part vacated by Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi will take over the role on the hit show during its upcoming 8th season.

The news was broadcast on BBC affiliate stations worldwide during a special Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor.

Though he may be departing, fans of the 11th Doctor will still be able to see him as the Time Lord in the programs 50th anniversary show on November 23, and later this year during the annual Christmas special.

Mr. Capaldi is currently called the 12th Doctor, but with actor John Hurt introduced as a currently unnumbered “Doctor” in an episode earlier this year, he is now the thirteenth actor to take on the titular role.