After all the speculation the time has finally arrived and moments ago on BBC One in the UK and simulcast in the USA on BBC America, Space in Canada and in Australia on ABC 1, The Next Doctor was announced.
When Matt Smith bows out at Christmas Peter Capaldi will take over the TARDIS as the Twelfth Doctor.
For those who may be unfamiliar with Peter he may be best known to British TV Viewers as being Randall Brown in The Hour or Malcom Tucker in The Thick of It. To Doctor Who fans he will be known as playing Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii during David Tennant's third series. He also appeared as John Frobisher in the Torchwood: Children of Earth serial.
Obviously not all fans will be pleased with the choice and I hope those who have threatened to boycott the show if someone they did not approve of got the role, do not boycott it.
I will give him a chance as I have with every other Doctor. Aside from Peter Davison and now Peter Capaldi, I had not heard of any Doctors before they were cast (of those cast in my lifetime) Davison coincidentally being the first and I knew him as the guy I liked on All Creatures Great and Small.
I know there will be (as always) people wondering how long he will stay. The question that will need answering, either during Capaldi's reign or when the Thirteenth Doctor is cast, is will these be the final two incarnations of The Doctor. I am sure there are many ways the production team can get around the twelve regenerations/thirteen live's situation. However I guess that is a question for another time.
In the meantime on behalf of everyone at The Doctor Who Bar I would like to welcome Peter Capaldi to Doctor Who as The Twelfth Doctor.