Peter Capaldi may not be leaving Doctor Who after all.
Showrunner Steven Moffat, who has been helming the show since Russel T. Davies left in 2010, is set to leave after the next season of the long-running sci-fi show. But rumours stating that the Peter Capaldi – the 12th Doctor – would be leaving as well in order to allow new showrunner Chris Chibnall to choose his own Doctor.
But in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview with Steven Moffat, he stated, “I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor.” So we may still see Capaldi at the helm of the TARDIS when new management takes over.
Capaldi first appeared on the show in 2013 after the regeneration of Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor who had taken on the role when Moffat became showrunner. While Moffat’s comments do add fuel to the fire that Capaldi will return, we still don’t know.
Doctor Who first began in 1963 and ran for many years until it was taken off the air in 1989. During the 26 season run the role of the Doctor was taken on by eight men, each bringing something different to the role. When the show was brought back in 2005, they cast Christopher Eccleston as the titular character, but he only remained with the show for a single season. David Tenant then took on the role for five years before passing the reins to Matt Smith in 2010. Now Peter Capaldi flies the TARDIS through space and time, saving innocents and foiling the plots of evil aliens.
The tenth season of Doctor Who will premiere in Spring of 2017 on the BBC.