The outgoing Doctor Who, Matt Smith, welcomed the decision to cast Peter Capaldi.
In a pre-recorded message he said: "I just want to wish my successor all the best and just say good luck and good on you for getting it, because I know he is both a huge fan of the show and a really nice guy.
"The casting of it made me really excited genuinely, and as a fan I think it's a really canny choice, so good luck mate, it's going to be a thrill."
Peter Capaldi, who was the bookies' favourite, is the first Oscar winner to take on the role of Doctor Who.
He said: "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."
Glasgow-born actor and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi has been unveiled as the 12th incarnation of Doctor Who.
Celebrity photographer Rankin has revealed that the next Dr Who is definitely a man, the Mirror reports.
There had been some speculation that the new doctor would be a women. Writing on Twitter Rankin said:
Just photographed the next Dr Who for tonight's announcement. Let me know what you think of the photo? He's going to be an ace Dr.
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Bookmakers have suspended betting on the new Doctor Who because they are convinced Peter Capaldi has got the job.
The actor, famous for his role as foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, was down to 5/6 favourite with William Hill when they stopped taking bets.
Joe Crilly, a spokesman for the firm, said: "We have seen people today trying to back Peter Capaldi as much as possible at every price available and after a small gamble on Daniel Rigby overnight, it seems that Capaldi is once again in line to move into the Tardis."
Quantum of Solace actor Rory Kinnear, a bookies' favourite in June, has slipped to 8/1 with William Hill.
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A giant straw statue of a dalek has appeared in a field near the Cheshire town of Nantwich to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
The tribute was created by Snugburys ice cream shop, which has been entertaining locals with its straw creations every year for the past decade.
Sci-Fi fans passing through Heathrow airport were greeted by Cybermen and a Tardis today as part of the show's 50th anniversary celebrations.
The takeover is part of BBC Worldwide's celebration of the show ahead of its 50th anniversary in November.
Show writer, Steven Moffat, said: "We are delighted to announce another extension to Heathrow’s world-beating facilities – all of space and time in a stylish blue box, complete with phone. Heathrow with time travel – nobody need ever be late again."
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall met Doctor Who star Matt Smith during a visit to the set of the BBC series Doctor Who.
They also met the man behind the voice of the Daleks - and the prince took the microphone to have a go at some "exterminating" himself: