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This past weekend was marked by some major casting news—no, not the new Batman; rather, the newest actor to portray the Doctor in Doctor Who was finally announced!  After Matt Smith, the 11th doctor, stepped down earlier in 2013 after three seasons of the long-running program, the hunt was on to find the next actor who could portray the Doctor, a Time Lord alien who “regenerates” into a new body every so often, and has the ability to travel through time and space.  And your new Doctor is…

Peter Capaldi!  The actor was announced over the weekend via live television event broadcast over BBC ONE and BBC AMERICA, and will begin shooting the newest season of Doctor Who this fall.

As noted by /Film, Capaldi isn’t terribly well-known in the United States (though that’s now likely to change), with his best-known roles being in In the Loop and Word War Z (/Film cleverly notes Capaldi’s character was a W.H.O. Doctor in the zombie film).  He’ll also appear in Disney’s upcoming Maleficent.

As for taking on the burden of such a beloved role, Capaldi had this to say:

“Being asked to play The Doctor is an amazing privilege. Like the Doctor himself I find myself in a state of utter terror and delight. I can’t wait to get started.”

What do you think of the Doctor Who news?

Correction: A previous version of this article referred to the protagonist of the Doctor Who franchise as “Doctor Who,” when in fact the character is simply “The Doctor.”  We here at ScreenCrave realize that such an error has caused a good many heads of Doctor Who fans to implode, hearts to explode, lungs to collapse, as well as any and all other physiological maladies that would lead to similar dramatic exits, and for that we sincerely apologize.