For some time now, fans have been speculating as whether Peter Capaldi would continue with the role of Doctor Who after Steven Moffat leaves at the end of the tenth series. To the surprise of fans, Capaldi made it clear on the BBC Radio 2 show with Jo Whiley that this coming series would be his final one.
“I feel it’s time to move on,” he said. He was asked to stay on after his contract expired after the Christmas Special for this year, but he favored moving on to other challenges.
“I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on,” he said. “It can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”
The new series will begin airing in the spring and his final performance will be during this year’s Christmas special. They are currently filming the tenth season.
“Peter’s amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come,” Steven Moffat said. “Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”
“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.”
It is always the trouble when you watch Doctor Who. Eventually, your doctor will regenerate and fans must go through the whole grieving process again. However, the past three Doctors that came after Christopher Ecceleston have been met with in trepidation but eventually became fan favorites. We expect nothing less of the next one.