Peter Capaldi, as was anticipated, will pick up the torch of filling the iconic television role as the title character on BBC’s Doctor Who.

Capaldi, best known for playing Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, was the favorite to become the 12th Doctor, having 5/6 odds prior to the announcement, according to bookies. Other favorites had been Ben Whishaw, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels and David Harewood.

Peter Capaldi in 'The Thick of It'

Scottish actor Capaldi is replacing Matt Smith as the Time Lord, who announced his departure from the series back in June. Smith’s final appearance in the role is believed to be the series’ upcoming Christmas special. “I feel very proud to be a part of such a wonderful legacy,” Smith said during the Television Critics Association press tour. “The thing about [the Doctor] is he always looks forward. The show will get bigger and better and carry on without me”

Matt Smith (center) as the Doctor

Capaldi’s succession was announced by BBC on a half hour special titled “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor,” which took a look back at the show’s 50-year run. During the forthcoming Christmas special, Smith will hand over the job to Capaldi. The new season – eighth since Doctor Who returned in 2005 – will return in August 2014 with Capaldi as the Doctor alongside his sidekick Clara played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

– Chelsea Regan

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