Who’s next: Peter Capaldi named as next star of sci-fi series ‘Doctor Who’

LONDON – The BBC says is the next star of the long-running science fiction series “.”

The announcement was made during a live on Sunday.

The 55-year-old is best known as venom-spitting Malcolm Tucker in “The Thick of It.”

He is the 12th actor to play the Doctor, a -hopping who travels in the Tardis, a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned .

“Doctor Who” was first broadcast in 1963 and is now one of the BBC’s most popular programs, both in Britain and abroad.

Its longevity is due partly to the flexibility of the . The Doctor can regenerate into new bodies, and can travel to any point in space or time.

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