Peter Capaldi has confirmed his departure from Doctor Who, to take place at the end of this year.
Capaldi will wrap three years in the role with the 2017 Christmas special.
“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best” he said on BBC Radio 2.”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.”
The news comes despite recent comments that suggested he had a lot more in store with the show. There have been rumours that BBC bosses were looking to refresh the whole show this year. Pearl Mackie joins the series in April.
Showrunner Steven Moffatt, who also bows out this year, 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. 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”.
Brian Minchin, Executive Producer said: “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.”
“I know how much Peter has loved doing the job, so it’s a difficult one to judge because it’s such a special one,” David Tennant commented. “You don’t want it to feel work-a-day, you want to get out while you’re still having an extraordinary time.”
Capaldi will return in the next series for 12 episodes in mid-April, followed by the Christmas Special when the regeneration will take place.
Source: Radio Times