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By Steven Smith

OH the hate speech I received when I ranted about the new Doctor not being a woman or a person of color. The jibes, the angst, the sexist/racist rhetoric of “it doesn’t fit the story” or “shouldn’t talent and narrative come first?”, slammed into my twitter feed like millions of voices who were immediately silenced. Now, who the hell am I to voice an opinion, I’ve never watched an episode of "Doctor Who"--“WHAT??!!!” the nerd world squeals with ambiguity, who the hell ARE you? Valid point - but I haven’t watched because I tried and didn’t like it but because I’m afraid once I go down that path forever would it dominate my destiny. I’m certain I would fall in love with Matt Smith. I’ve written before, "Doctor Who" is like getting into Frank Zappa, it’s a huge rabbit hole I don’t want to fall into BUT the Whoniverse is part of my beat so I keep abreast of it’s goings on and I had my fingers crossed the 12th doctor would be big shake-up. It wasn’t and it bothers me.

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By Katherine Erlikh, Cecelia Grey, Amber Lena

On Sunday, the world finally learned the answer to to one of humanity's most burning questions in recent times; just who will be playing the 12th Doctor? While Peter Capaldi was received with mixed reactions, those who were holding out for a female or non-white actor in the role experienced a very particular kind of disappointment. This disappointment quickly turned into annoyance and even anger for some as showrunner Steven Moffat's discouraging comments began to make their way around the Internet. In response to Dame Helen Mirren's cries for a leading Time Lady, Moffat had this to say: "Well, I'd like to see a man play The Queen." He later remarked that women in particular don't want a female lead.

Three of MTV Geek's resident geek girl bloggers sat down for a round-table discussion about the matter and examined the pros and cons of having a female Doctor.

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By Alasdair Wilkins

Update: Daily Record revealed this piece of 4th Doctor fan art created by a young Capaldi!

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By Katherine Erlikh

It’s kind of hard to explain how it feels to join a gathering of Whovians on short notice for a live screening of the 12th Doctor’s announcement, on the year of the 50th anniversary. You know that one episode in season 2, set in the 1950s with Rose and Ten and the Queen’s coronation? Yeah, it was kind of like that, except if David Tennant in a trench coat saved the day, we certainly never knew about it, and if the TV was sucking our faces out… well, everyone was too busy tweeting their frustration, exultation and speculation to notice.

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Watch happens if you combine Frank Capra's holiday film "It's A Wonderful Life" with Franz Kafka's classic man-turns-into-bug story "The Metamorphosis"? You get newly hired "Doctor Who" star Peter Capadli's BAFTA and Academy Award-Winning short film from 1993 "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life."

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In honor of yesterday's big "Doctor Who" announcement, I decided to dedicate the entire "Daily Geek" to our 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

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By Alasdair Wilkins

Earlier this afternoon, the BBC unveiled Peter Capaldi as the new star of “Doctor Who.” Capaldi’s 12th Doctor will make his brief debut when Matt Smith regenerates in this year’s Christmas special, but we won’t really see the new Doctor in action until series 8 in 2014. While we won’t learn until then just how the “Thick Of It” star is going to play the Doctor – although we’re feeling very confident that the role is in safe hands – we do have some initial reactions to the news. Here then are five questions we have about Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, along with our totally speculative answers:

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Amidst all the flurry of speculation, and eventual reveal that actor Peter Capaldi is taking over the part of The Doctor on Doctor Who, there's one major thing we forget to ask: what do celebrities think about this?

As always, the most important section of our population checked in with some sage advice for the new Doctor, and a few witty quips. But seriously, here's what some famous nerdy people (and a few ex-Who actors) insta-reactions were like online: Read More...

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Remember that photo that gotten taken of the new Doctor in secret, that leaked it would be a dude? Well, that's above. Below are official statements from 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Jenna Louise Coleman, and more: Read More...

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After furious speculation, a heated few days, and multiple sonic screwdrivers broken in half due to stress, we finally know who the next actor to play The Doctor on Doctor Who is. It's Peter Capaldi.

And yes, we called it a few days ago with our joke, and even followed up with a thought that he might be The Master. But he's now the 12th Doctor, and we think - frankly - that's a fantastic choice. For those of you who don't know Capaldi's work, here's a rundown: Read More...

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By Alasdair Wilkins

It’s official: BBC presenter Zoe Ball will announce the identity of "Doctor Who’s" 12th Doctor this Sunday, with the help of showrunner Steven Moffat and incumbent Doctor Matt Smith. And just who will be announced this weekend? Based on Matt Smith’s own casting, it will most likely be somebody we have never heard of. But a few names have been repeatedly rumored by the British press and bookmakers for the role, and while some – including perennial favorite Idris Elba, James Bond supporting actors Rory Kinnear and Ben Winshaw, and even Helen Mirren – have taken themselves out of the running, there’s still a handful who might really be in the running for the part. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of five likely contenders.

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This is, I want to preface, utter and complete hogwash based on nothing but idle speculation on my part, connecting the dots from rumors, and trying to read between the lines. But with rumors swirling (some of them very mean, abject lies propagated by, er, us) that Peter Capaldi - Malcolm Tucker from 'The Thick Of It' - is the new Doctor on Doctor Who, I think I've figured out a better idea:

Peter Capaldi is the new Master.

Here's why I think this is what's going to come to pass, and why we'll know one way or the other at 2pm ET on Sunday:

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With the announcement of Doctor Who's new star imminent, rumors have been swirling that 'The Thick Of It' star Peter Capaldi may be taking over the TARDIS in Matt Smith's stead. Well, as several leaked script pages from the first episode featuring the Twelfth Doctor have come into MTV Geek's hands - from an unnamed source - we can confirm that it's looking even more likely that's true.

Not only that, but we can also confirm a radical change in not just the direction of the show, but the setting, and the tone:

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UPDATE: Watch the trailer for the special:

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