In an interview with Jon Whiley on BBC’s Radio 2, actor Peter Capaldi confirmed that he will be stepping down from the lead role in the longest running sci-fi television show, Doctor Who.
Capaldi officially took over as The Doctor in 2014, after a brief cameo appearance in the show’s 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. Before that, he played Lobus Caecilius in the 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii”, back when David Tennant played the Tenth Doctor, as well as John Frobisher in Torchwood’s Children of Earth.
As the Twelfth Doctor, Capaldi starred in two full series and two Christmas specials. The upcoming tenth series, set to premiere later this year, will be his last. It will also mark the departure of showrunner Steven Moffat, who’s been at the helm of Doctor Who since 2010.
Here’s what Steven Moffat said of the news:
“For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. 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. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peter’s amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said:
“Peter Capaldi will always be a very special Doctor to me; his adventures through time and space started just as I arrived on BBC One. He has been a tremendous Doctor who has brought his own unique wisdom and charisma to the role. But, it’s not over yet – I know the next series is going to be spectacular. He’s a fine actor who I hope we work with again when he leaves the TARDIS”.
The tenth series of Doctor Who will premiere in April and the story of The Doctor’s regeneration will be told in this year’s Christmas special.