Peter Capaldi Confirms He Will Leave Doctor Who After Christmas Special

Peter Capaldi has confirmed that he will leave Doctor Who at the end of this series current run.

Capaldi will leave at the end of series 10, with the 2017 Christmas special serving as his last hurrah.

Speaking with BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley on a special An Evening in with Peter Capaldi he revealed that he had decided to end his time aboard the TARDIS.

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.”

In an official statement, departing showrunner Steven Moffat shared his thoughts on Capaldi’s tenure:

“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!”

Executive Producer, Brian Minchin added:

“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.” 

Capaldi also confirmed that Doctor Who would return on April 15th and will regenerate during the Christmas Special.

So what do you think of the news? Are you shocked? Saddened? Are you ready to say goodbye to the Twelfth Doctor? Who should be the next Doctor? 

  • Christian Cawley

    Sad news, as Capaldi has been utterly amazing in every single scene of every single episode; indeed, he’s propped up all of the weaker ones. My favourite performances as the Doctor since Tom.

    Would be nice to see a Doctor straddle two production eras in the nuWho epoch, but as long as he gets a good run to send him off I’ll be happy

  • Rick714

    Guh. I really hoped Peter would stay and provide a little stability as we moved into an unknown era, and to also break that three season trend. Mind you, the Beeb does make it hard to do when you have to work for four years to even *get* three seasons put in. Ah well, Capaldi was a magnificent Doctor and it feels like he just got here.

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Why Peter? WHY!!! First John Hurt and now the Twelfth Doctor. Seems like 2017 might be even worse for losses than 2016 was at this rate!

  • Dʀ. Mᴏᴏ

    I remember being devastated when Matt Smith, my Doctor, was leaving. But then Peter Capaldi came along and swiftly became the next-best after him in my opinion. In ClassicWho there was Colin Baker replaced by Sylvester McCoy. Baker was my favourite of the first six Doctors but McCoy surpassed him.

    Basically, a new Doctor will have big shoes to fill but that doesn’t mean that he (or she) can’t fill them.

    But until then I’m going to continue sitting here in denial.

    • Christian Cawley

      Shouldn’t that be “DR. MOO, in moorning”…?

      • DR. MOO, in mourning

    • bar is in-console-able

      Is there room in that corner for me to sit too Dr Moo?

      • DR. MOO, in mourning

        Yes. Come, join me in endless rewatches of Heaven Sent for a few months as we deny everything about what Christmas Day will bring.

  • bar is in-console-able

    try repeating this mantra: there’s life after regeneration, there’s life after regeneration. Am not ready yet to dream of BF companions and adventures…
    I Don’t Want Him To Go.

  • Simon Danes

    I would like Matthew Waterhouse to be the next Doctor.

    • DR. MOO, in mourning

      That’s a twitter campaign in the making right there.

  • bmacdonald

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a long-time fan, it’s change. The Thirteenth Doctor will be somebody’s favorite Doctor, and somebody’s least favorite Doctor. New fans will start watching the show, and claim, years from now, “The Thirteenth is MY Doctor!” Other people will quit watching because they just can’t stand the Thirteenth. I’m just going to keep watching, like I always have. Maybe the new Doctor will be my new favorite; or maybe I’ll be a bit less excited about the show for a while. I don’t think anything can make me quit at this point, though. I learned back in the classic era not to make guesses about what the new Doctor should be, or must be, because I’ll just be wrong. I’ll just wait and see.

    All that said, I wouldn’t mind giving Hayley Atwell a shot at it.

    The more important question, in my mind: How long until Big Finish gets clearance to make new stories with Peter Capaldi?

  • TimeChaser

    It’s a shame that Peter won’t be doing at least one season under Chibnal, because I love his Doctor and hoped he’d break the 3-season trend. But the show is all about change and growth, and while we’ll have to bid a tearful farewell to Twelve at the end of the year, we can also look forward to the excitement of learning who Thirteen will be.

  • ColeBox

    When once the choosing of a new Doctor was a time of exciting anticipation, judging by the mean-spirited internet natter after Smith announced that he was leaving, it’s now more a time to hide away and just hope for the best.

  • Ranger

    Not surprised, but very upset. To me he is the best Doctor, even beating Tom. And now the media starts going into a frenzy about a female Doctor, already saw one article on it in a paper this morning.

    Not prepared to say whether the Doctor will be male or female, but I bet s/he will be young, so all the air-heads can fall in luurve again. Sorry, being very petty, cynical and bitter at the moment.

    • TheLazyWomble

      “Young” depends where you’re observing from. To me Peter Capaldi is middle-aged.

      • Ranger

        Yeah, I suppose. Capaldi is my contemporary, but to my daughters anyone over 20 is old. My husband is still convulsed with laughter when he remembers my eldest asking me in all seriousness, “Mummy, did you know Queen Victoria?”

        • TheLazyWomble

          My girlfriend is fifteen years younger than me and recently asked if I remembered the time before the invention of the wheel!

          • Ranger


        • bar is in-console-able

          yeah, but they believe you have your own TARDIS 🙂

          • Ranger

            Bless you Bar for this noble effort to make me feel less ancient!

    • FrancoPabloDiablo

      It really didn’t take long for the “the next Doctor should be a woman” brigade to come out in force. The latest suggestion I heard was Frances de la Tour! A great actress but no! Would love to see her appear in the series though. It really is depressing that these people don’t want an original female character created – much easier and PC to steal a 54-year-old male icon!

      • Philip

        It’s incredibly tiresome, isn’t it? I’ll be honest – it’s getting me very depressed right now. Some of the women being suggested aren’t even actresses! We have enough to worry about now – a whole fandom basically depends on the right person being chosen! – without the prospect of a stupid decision making the show a very different thing. I’m with you – create a strong female character in her own right; don’t saddle her with being the Doctor. Fortunately, I don’t think the BBC will right now, but it’s worrying that they could change it, just to pacify a small section of fandom.

        • Ranger

          Totally agree with you and Franco, but I do worry that the BBC are so under the cosh of being PC at the moment that they will do something silly. After all, they brought in the every panel show must have a female on it rule. How patronising is that?

          • FrancoPabloDiablo

            And let us not forget the BBC has already basically destroyed one of it’s other main cash cows – Top Gear (though I personally never watched it anyway). Never underestimate the stupidity of the BBC.