Just as the reports and rumors predicted, Peter Capaldi has taken the mantle of Doctor Who. There has been rampant speculation over the last few weeks about who would be replacing Matt Smith as the titular Doctor Who on the hit television show, and Capaldi was actually listed as the favorite among fans and odds makers. However, showrunners and producers always have a way of throwing a curveball, so there was no way to confirm until the official announcement today.
Alas, the rumors were correct and the new Doctor Who did end up being Peter Capaldi, despite some last-minute rumors that it might be a woman.
Capaldi released a statement saying, "It's so wonderful not to keep this secret any longer. I haven't played Doctor Who since I was 9 on the playground." Executive producer Steven Moffat also commented that they all wanted to cast Capaldi, explaining, "There comes a right time for the right person to play it. We all had the same idea and it was a quite different idea. [But when they made a tape with Capaldi], everybody saw it and was like, 'That's the Doctor.'"
Doctor Who has been running for a very time, and Capaldi has become the 12th Doctor. The show has been gaining popularity across the world, including the US, and syndication rights have become more expensive, giving the show much more buzz around the world.