The new Doctor Who should be renamed Doctor Creepster

After weeks of anxious fan speculation, the secret has been revealed: the actor who will play the 12th Doctor Who in the cult sci-fi British TV series is Peter Capaldi. io9 readers point out that, ironically, Capaldi played a World Health Organization doctor in Brad Pitt's World War Z.

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Meet the new Doctor Who Time Lord: Peter Capaldi!

Whovians, meet your new Doctor. After much speculation and wishful thinking, the BBC has announced that Peter Capaldi will be playing the Twelfth Doctor.

"He's not me yet, but he's reaching out," Capaldi said during the announcement special. He's been reading some old Doctor Who scripts and practicing his Doctor in the mirror.

Capaldi is a veteran actor, having appeared in more than 40 films and television shows, notably the series The Thick of It and the sequel film In the Loop. His character, Malcolm Tucker, wasn't much of a scifi fan:

He also appeared in the Doctor Who episode "The Fires of Pompeii" as Caecilius and in the Torchwood serial Children of Earth as John Frobisher. (As many folks are pointing out in the comments, he recently played a WHO doctor in World War Z, funnily enough.) And he's an Academy Award winner, not for acting, but for his short film, Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life.

Plus, he was the lead singer in Craig Ferguson's band during art school. We're excited. Are you?

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Also, the Guardian has a pretty hilarious liveblog of the announcement show.

Image Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty

Update: The images, they are already coming:

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This image was create a few days ago, actually, by the Dinosaur Prince.

Another bit of trivia:

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That episode is "The Fires of Pompeii," which featured both Capaldi and Karen Gillan.