Peter Capaldi’s last appearance as Doctor Who will be the 2017 Christmas special.
Peter Capaldi, the fourth actor to play the titular Doctor since the popular series was revived in 2005, has revealed in a recent interview on BBC’s Radio 2 that he will be leaving the show after Season 10, despite being asked to stay on as Doctor Who during the show’s transition from current showrunner Steven Moffat to new showrunner Chris Chibnall in 2018.
Capaldi said that he’s always been someone who did different things and that after spending three years as the good doctor (which Capaldi says is the longest he’s ever stayed with a job), he feels like it’s time to move on. He added that “One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best,” he said. “From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity and generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”
Moffat issued a statement regarding Capaldi’s departure, saying that for years before he ever imagined being involved with the series, and before he’d ever met Capaldi, he wanted to work with him. “I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the Tardis together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter.”
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 30, 2017
Interestingly, after Christopher Eccleston‘s single season turn as the first revival-era Doctor, both David Tennant and Matt Smith lasted for three seasons each, so Capaldi’s departure seems to reinforce an emerging three season pattern for actors taking on the role of the Doctor as part of the most recent run. There’s no word yet on who the new Doctor might be, but with Chibnall’s first season as showrunner starting next year, they likely won’t take too long selecting the next Doctor.
Original Post 3-9-16: Peter Capaldi Asked to Stay on As Doctor Who
We all know the story of the Scottish actor Peter Capaldi being a diehard fan of Doctor Who ever since he was only a young boy. He even wrote letters to newspapers and magazines expressing his love for the show and his wish to someday actually be a part of that whole world of Timelords and timetravel. And so it happened in 2013 that he was cast as the 12th (or 13th, depending on how you count) Doctor, following the departure of Matt Smith.
He has stuck with us for two seasons now, through dozens of fantastic episodes, but it seems now that he believes his time with the show is done. He has hinted that most Doctors usually stayed on the show for three years / seasons, and that after his third season is done, he will probably depart the show and make way for the next Timelord. Especially following the recent announcement that Steven Moffat, the current showrunner, will be leaving the show, along with Clara, Doctor’s longtime companion, it seems likely that Capaldi will make an exit as well.
However, the BBC has asked Capaldi to remain on the show as the new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, starts his run. “I’ve been asked to stay on,” Capaldi tells Radio Times, “but it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision. Steven’s been absolutely wonderful, so I love working with him. Chris [Chibnall, Moffat’s successor] is fantastic, and I think he’s a hugely talented guy. I don’t know where the show’s gonna go then. I don’t know. I have to make up my mind, and I haven’t yet.”
As he says, he indeed has a long time to think this through, given that the shooting of his third season starts this year in May, and 2016 will see no new Doctor Who episodes, save for the Christmas special. Chibnall will take over the show in 2018, so it may be a while until we know the fate of the current Doctor.
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