The actor has been linked to the role for the past few weeks and the news was confirmed last night during a live BBC1 special. Capaldi will take over from current Doctor Matt Smith during the Christmas special this year.
Capaldi has previously starred in Doctor Who episode The Fires of Pompeii alongside then Doctor David Tennant and companion Catherine Tate. He is best-known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It.
During last night’s live show, Matt Smith was interviewed alongside showrunner Steven Moffat. The reveal of Capaldi as the new Doctor has been met with positivity from fans and previous stars of the show.