Peter Capaldi quits Doctor Who

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has quit.

But don’t worry – he won’t be leaving until the end of series 10.

Appearing on a BBC Radio 2 show with Jo Whiley, the Doctor Who star took fans by surprise as he announced that he would be exiting the show after the upcoming Series 10.

“I feel it’s time to move on,” he explained.

“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best,” added. “From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

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The 58-year-old Scottish actor became the 12th Doctor back in 2013, following the wacky exploits of Matt Smith and his rather more sombre tone brought a whole new dynamic to The Doctor’s antics.

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

Steven Moffat has said, “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.”

Director of BBC content, Charlotte Moore, has also 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.”

With Peter Capaldi’s departure, where does this leave Doctor Who now?

With a whole series to go before a new Doctor appears, it looks as though there’s plenty of time for the BBC to get this right. But it’s not the only exit we have to worry about.

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is also on his way out, with Chris Chibnall due to replace him in 2018.

Does this mean an entirely new direction for Doctor Who?

For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

What do you make of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who exit? Who do you think will replace him?