Stephen Moffat Confirms Peter Capaldi's Return for Season 9 of Doctor Who
It looks like we won't have a thirteenth Doctor anytime soon, as Peter Capaldi's twelfth Doctor is officially confirmed for at least one more season.
Showrunner Stephen Moffat told The Hollywood Reporter that Capaldi's acclaimed incarnation would return for Season 9, although he also went out of his way to let us know that Jenna Coleman, who has played the Doctor's Companion for the last two years, has not been officially confirmed, fueling the persistent rumors that her character, Clara, would depart the show after the Christmas special.
Coleman's acting as Clara has been praised, although some have criticized the relative underdevelopment of the character. Clara's backstory has been fleshed out recently, however, which would make her possible departure all the more affecting for the fans. It comes as little surprise that Capaldi will return for a second season, as every regeneration of The Doctor has lasted for at least two seasons, with the exception of Christopher Eccleston's ninth Doctor, and Capaldi's interpretation has been met with near-universal acclaim. So although many fans have been hoping for a female or non-white version of the Time Lord, Capaldi's return is primarily welcome news.