Scottish actor Peter Capaldi is the next star of the long- running science
fiction series "Doctor Who," the BBC announced Sunday.
The identity of the new Doctor - the star of one of Britain's best-known shows - had been the subject of frantic speculation.
has a long list of movie, television and stage credits, from the 1983 film "Local Hero" to the BBC's recent newsroom drama "The Hour." He's also an Oscar winner - he directed "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life," which won for best short film in 1994.
Capaldi 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.
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.
"Doctor Who" ran from 1963 to 1989 and was revived to acclaim in 2005. Since then, the Doctor has been played by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith, who took the part in 2010.
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