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Peter Capaldi OUT at Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi
Photo Credit: BBC America

It looks like the TARDIS will be getting a new Doctor. Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi revealed on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show that the upcoming season of the long-running sci-fi time travel series will be his last.

He said:

“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. 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.”

Capaldi took over as the 12th Doctor and iconic Time Lord in 2014 from Matt Smith, who exited in 2013.  Jenna Coleman, who departed Doctor Who in 2015, bridged the Smith and Capaldi eras as Clara Oswald.  In 2016 Pearl Mackie was revealed as the Doctor’s companion, Bill, for season 10.

Capaldi isn’t the only one departing Doctor Who. Showrunner Steven Moffat is also leaving the franchise he revived in 2005 with the introduction of Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor.

He released a statement on his departure.

“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!”

Luke Kerr

Written by Luke Kerr

Founder and host of Geek Confidential and Daytime Confidential. Co-host of Pop Confidential.

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