BBC TV News: Peter Capaldi is the New Doctor Who and Sherlock Season 3 Promo

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock

For the half dozen of you reading this site who also enjoys your fair share of BBC TV goodness, here are a pair of BBC TV news that might interest you.

Up first is news that the network has officially chosen 55-year old Glasgow actor Peter Capaldi as their new Doctor Who. He will be the 12th Doctor for those of you keeping track at home. And for those who were hoping the BBC might finally think “outside the box” in terms of casting, all I can say is … um, sorry?

Peter Capaldi in The Hour

Unless you watch a lot of British TV, you probably have no idea who Capaldi is. His biggest non-Brit TV role to date is probably in the Brad Pitt zombie movie “World War Z”, where he played … wait for it, wait for it … a character credited as “W.H.O. Doctor”. I shit you not.

Peter Capaldi IMDB Credit Listing

In other BBC news, the network has released your first quickie promo for the upcoming Season 3 of their hit show “Sherlock”. Remember when this show was on the air? Yeah, I don’t remember, either. It’s been five, six years, right? It sure seems a long, long time ago since we last saw ol Sherlock on the roof. Literally.

The show finally returns this October 31st.

SPOILER! Sherlock is still alive! (Though for my money seeing Watson with the ’70s porn ‘stache is the bigger spoiler.)