Peter Capaldi admits he’s torn about Doctor Who exit

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer
The Doctor alongside new assistant, Bill – Credit: BBC

The Doctor is out… and he’s still torn up about it.

It’s no secret that Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who. After all, we’ve seen a slew of ‘favourites’ appear over the last few weeks, when it comes to actors who could take over the iconic sci-fi role.

But it looks as though he’s still torn about quitting the show.

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Peter Capaldi previously explained that working on a long-running show such as Doctor Who presents ‘certain problems’ and ‘acting issues’ – especially when it comes to keeping things fresh.

“You have to give the audience what they want, but at the same time, you have to do that with a full heart and spirit, you can’t phone it in,” he explained. “How do you do that? So it’s hard.”

Peter Capaldi in Series 10 of Doctor Who – Credit: BBC

Now, in a new interview with Empire Magazine, he explains that these difficulties were a major factor in his decision to quite the show… but that doesn’t mean he isn’t having second thoughts.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m leaving,” he said. “Because with this volume of work, it’s hard to constantly be searching for new ways of doing things.”

Of course, Capaldi has been playing the Doctor for four years at this stage, and with a new series every year, it’s easy to see how it becomes more of a challenge to keep things nice and fresh.

“But Doctor Who is weird because I love it so much,” he added. “Part of me enjoys doing the same thing, while part of me wants different challenges.”

Peter Capaldi announced he will stand down as Doctor Who at the end of the year (Copyright: BBC)

Apparently, sticking with the same role for such a long time isn’t really Capaldi’s style… with the notable exceptions of The Doctor and Malcolm Tucker.

“The terrible thing is, the moment you get the job, you know you’re going to have to leave it,” he said about his time on Doctor Who. “That might just be part of my doomy, melancholic nature, but as soon as I became the Doctor I immediately propelled my mind to this spot.”

“But that’s fine. I’ve never really done anything for three or four years – it’s not my style.”

Who will take over from Peter Capaldi?

At the moment, we have no idea. Although we know another regeneration is coming, it won’t be until the conclusion of the upcoming series – the new Doctor to make his first appearance in the upcoming Christmas Special.

But who will that be? For now, we have to wait and see.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on 15 April 2017.

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 Who do you think will take over from Peter Capaldi? Will you be sad to see him go? Leave your comments below… and follow Ryan Leston on Twitter, and Facebook for more on the latest TV shows.

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