Peter Capaldi Cried During Announcement of his Departure

You’re not the only one who shed a tear when Peter Capaldi announced he’d be leaving Doctor Who this year – Capaldi himself cried too.

The announcement was made in January on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show, and now the host has revealed:

“That was one of the funniest, most extraordinary moments I’ve ever had on air I think. The fact that he chose to come on our show – and I remember saying to my producer, ‘Peter just wants to come on the show and talk about Doctor Who? That’s great, but any idea why?’ Bit random, but brilliant. I love him, and I love Doctor Who; it’s fantastic! And then he came and sat there and kept saying all the time ‘When am I finished? When do you want me to leave?’ Obviously he was just trying to work out when within the hour he should drop the bombshell…

“And his eyes were just brimming with tears, and it was obviously a hugely big deal for him. A very emotional experience to tell everyone that this was it, that this was his time to move on. And I felt really privileged that he decided to do it on the show.”

It’s no surprise, and of course, we can understand – though not to its fullest extent – how leaving the role of a lifetime can cause some distress; indeed, many fans were gutted to hear he’d be stepping down as the Twelfth Doctor. This was just made worse when we saw his great dynamic with Pearl Mackie (as Bill Potts) and Matt Lucas (as Nardole) during Series 10.

In retrospect, the announcement had to be made prior to Series 10, as World Enough and Time/ The Doctor Falls saw the Doctor begin to regenerate, leading into Capaldi’s swansong.

It’s sad to contemplate that, although Peter’s still the current Doctor, he’s finished filming now, and the next TARDIS incumbent, Jodie Whittaker, has began shooting for Series 11.

Nonetheless, let’s remember his time as the Time Lord fondly, in the knowledge that once the Doctor, always the Doctor.

Twice Upon A Time, co-starring David Bradley as the First Doctor, is expected to air on Christmas Day 2017.

  • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

    Still think he had a mistake and went a year too early.

    • Micah Rose

      I think he had a very professional attitude towards his decision. It’s clear he wanted to keep going, but he chose not to because he felt if he did the quality of his work would begin dropping and he might not be delivering his best anymore, which is something he didn’t want to happen, both for his own sake and for the fans. I recall him saying in an interview something along the lines of “I don’t want to keep playing a role if I’m not giving it my best anymore.”

      • Turd Ferguson’s Doggy

        Bull. That’s his public excuse, but he was more than capable of carrying on. He’s one of the best actors to ever have the role….and the fact that he was crying while giving up the role leads me to believe he was not so subtlety told to get out.

        • Micah Rose

          If he was told to get out, then what’s with this: and this:

          If Capaldi left against his will, why wouldn’t they just not say anything on the matter, instead of talking about how both the incoming and outgoing showrunners tried to convince Capaldi to stay? What reason do you have to not believe them when they say that?

          Just because the audience believes he’s capable, you have no idea how he feels about his own acting. Capaldi knows himself better than any of the audience members could, so I don’t see any reason to not believe Capaldi (or Moffat or Chibnall) that he truly believed this was the best time to leave. I just don’t see why you have any reason to doubt what any of these people are saying.

          • ColeBox

            Although I personally don’t believe that Capaldi got kicked out, there have been a few *conflicting* stories around which does cast a bit of mistrust in any announcements made by the various show-runners. For example: Chibs stated in March that nothing has been decided about a female Doctor – – but Moffat knew “all year” that the new Doctor was to be a woman – There’s a bit of a conflict unless we allow the term “all year” to be a bit loose and Moff only meant a couple of weeks. In addition, I *believe* that Chibs always intended for his first Doctor to be a woman, so why the “not decided” announcement?

            There are a few others, but suffice to say, that a show-runner’s announcements ought to be taken with pinch of salt. Well, until at least waiting for the proof of the pudding (brain).

            Again, I think Capaldi left by his own decision, but I was surprised as he had said, in a previous interview, that being the Doctor on his 60th birthday would be wonderful.

          • bar

            He WILL be the Doctor on his 60th birthday. And his 90th. And always. Look at Tom and his Shada addition. You can take the actor out of the TARDIS, but you can never take the TARDIS out of the actor. Long may you rock Mr Capaldi.

        • ThePurpleFrockCoat

          Peter made it clear he was asked to stay. He had said that a couple of times. Giving up the role is an emotional decision. Matt Smith even had a difficult time deciding whether to stay or not. Moffat said he nearly signed for S8.

  • Rick714

    Imagine if the Beeb hadn’t wasted all of 2016? We would have had 4 series with Peter. but then again, if they didn’t waste 2009 and half of 2012/13, we would have had an extra series for Tennant and Smith as well. This would have been series14 we’d be waiting on. Ah well.

    • Planet of the Deaf

      In reality the gap between S9 and S10 was about 6/7 months than it “should” have been, and if S10 had finished earlier, Peter’s Doctor would have presumably regenerated earlier…

      • Rick714

        It’s just a mixture of the Beeb being cheap—even DW is a cash cow, and bad time management. But mostly, they’re cheap. That’s why they’ve done this three times in ten years, cheated us of three additional series with three different Doctors.

        Between the end of series 9 in 2015 and the beginning of series 11 in 2018, we will only have had 15 episodes in that three year period. Shameful. They’re actually managing to slip in an hiatus under our noses ala 1986 whenever they feel like it. Oh, and when it comes back, less episodes, to boot. Yeesh.

        • Micah Rose

          I can’t speak for the 2009 or 2012/13 gaps, but I really don’t think you can blame the BBC for the most recent break. When The Husbands or River Song went into production, Steven Moffat intended it to be his final episode. Do you know why he wrote Series 10? Because Chibnall couldn’t start until after he had finished on Broadchurch. Moffat decided to take up the burden of a whole other series so that we would ONLY have one year without episodes. It had nothing to do with the BBC.

          In all honesty, I think the 2009 one barely had anything to do with the BBC either. I’m fairly sure it was just to ease RTD and Tennant out of their roles and create a smoother transition into Moffat’s era. I think these gaps are really just down to the showrunners and their schedules than anything else.

  • ColeBox

    When I heard the announcement, my initial reaction was the dread of the oncoming social-media storm. I wasn’t disappointed.

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    Maybe he was crying because he just found out who his successor was.

    • The Lazy Womble

      or maybe he wasn’t

      • FrancoPabloDiablo

        Or maybe he was