Peter Capaldi Announces He's Leaving 'Doctor Who'

Monday, 30 January 2017 - 8:06PM
Doctor Who
Monday, 30 January 2017 - 8:06PM
Peter Capaldi Announces He's Leaving 'Doctor Who'
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Doctor Who is going to have to find itself a new Doctor, for the twelfth time.

On Monday, star Peter Capaldi announced on Jo Whiley's BBC Radio show that the next season will be his last, saying:
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"I suppose the big thing about it for me is [this season] will be my last... This will be the end for me ... I've never done one job for three years, this is the first time I've done this, and I feel it's sort of time for me to move on to different challenges."
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Soon after, the news then sent out to a larger audience via the show's official Twitter account:



Capaldi, 58, joined the show in 2014 as the twelfth Doctor (fourth since since the 2005 reboot). He starred in the series' eighth and ninth seasons, and will finish his run in season ten, which is set to premiere on the BBC in April. According to the show's Twitter, his final episode will be the annual Doctor Who Christmas episode in 2017, which should make for quite the dramatic way to go out.


Now comes the debate for who should serve as Capaldi's replacement. The last time a Doctor stepped down, Matt Smith in 2013, there was a big push for the new Doctor to be a woman or a person of color before Capaldi was chosen. Since the Doctor is an alien Time Lord who could theoretically regenerate into anybody, the series always had room to go that route even if they haven't yet. So will the Doctor's glass ceiling finally be shattered with the naming of the thirteenth Doctor? We'll find out later this year.

Doctor Who season 10 is scheduled to premiere on April 15, 2017.
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