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?