Peter Capaldi has announced he's leaving Doctor Who...
It’s been rumoured for some time, but now the official announcement is in: Peter Capaldi will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year. His final episode will be the 2017 Christmas special, and he’ll depart the series in time for new showrunner Chris Chibnall taking over for series 11 in 2018.
A statement from Capaldi reads:
"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."
Steven Moffat, on the official announcement from the BBC, added that “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. Peters’ 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 added that "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".
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer, rounded off the tributes, saying that "Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I'm sad he has decided to move on in 2018 I'm delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they're planning and it's going to be incredible".
The announcement also confirms that series 10 will have twelve episodes in it, and will start in April.
Mr Capaldi: lord, you’re going to be missed.
This article was written by Simon Brew from Den of Geek and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.