The good news is: it seems Peter Capaldi won’t be leaving Doctor Who at the same time as Steven Moffat! The bad news is: that might be a lie.
Moffat, who has been showrunner since 2010’s Series 5, is departing after next year’s Christmas special, and has revealed in the latest Doctor Who Magazine:
“I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor! Peter is loving the role, and long may he do so.”
This is, of course, great news: for fans of the Twelfth Doctor, we’ll likely get to spend more time with him; for people who haven’t warmed to him, it’ll give incoming showrunner, Chris Chibnall at least another series to explore the character, hopefully giving us a new perspective on the Time Lord.
The thing is, it could be a lie. Capaldi might be leaving at the end of Series 10. I don’t think it’s likely, but you never know. If the Doctor were to regenerate soon, it would be a massive headline grabber – remember the furore when the previous Doctors left! If Capaldi were leaving, Moffat wouldn’t let the news slip in an issue of DWM, would he?
What should we take from this, then? Some positivity, I feel. Go into Series 10 with a shed-load of optimism – but be wary too. We were told Matt Smith was in Series 8 – and then that BBC email leaked…
Are you hoping Capaldi stays? Would you like him to rival Tom Baker’s 7-year reign? Or do you think it’s time for a change?