Peter Capaldi To Leave Doctor Who
It seems, once again, we’re not only changing showrunners, but also switching Doctors at the end of the year.
Peter Capaldi has said he will be stepping down from Doctor Who as The Doctor at the end of this year, saying “I feel it’s time to move on to different challenges.” He made the announcement on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show this evening. Click here and scroll through to about 1hr 40m to hear it.
58-year-old Glasgow-born actor has been a huge fan of the show since he was a child, and praised the “fabulous well of talent” that makes the show. When asked about taking the role in the first place, he replied “How could you not want to be the person who steps out of the TARDIS when it arrives on an alien planet. Or run down a corridor pursued by Daleks or Cybermen. And to have that sense of inhabiting that character is a great privilege.”
Capaldi took over the role from Matt Smith in August 2014 in season 8. Series 10, which is due to arrive on the 15th of April 2017, will be his last for both him, and showrunner Steven Moffat, who hands over to Chris Chibnall after the Christmas Special on 25th December 2017.
That means its Christmas regeneration folks, so the hunt is on again for a new Doctor!