Steven Moffat: Peter Capaldi “Came Close to Staying”

Current showrunner, Steven Moffat has confirmed what many of us thought: the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, came close to staying on Doctor Who beyond Moffat departing the series.

It was confirmed at the end of last month that Capaldi would join Steven in leaving the show this Christmas, with his final episode expected to air on 25th December 2017. But the next showrunner, Chris Chibnall (42; Dinosaurs on a Spaceship) apparently nearly convinced him to stay. Moffat said:

“It took Peter a long time to make up his mind. Chris tried to persuade him to stay. I knew it was a possibility that he’d leave because Doctors tend to do three years. I thought that he might want to opt out, rather than go through the trauma of a change in command and maybe leaving a year later anyway. But I think he came close to staying.”

Sadly, it was not to be, meaning the show gets, effectively, a reset in 2018, presumably akin to Spearhead from Space, Rose, and The Eleventh Hour. We’re yet to find out whether companion, Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, or Matt Lucas’ Nardole continue their travels in the TARDIS.

So is Moffat looking forward to watching the show again after his tenure is over? He goes on:

“I think the old fanboy instinct will kick in and I’ll just go back to enjoying it. Chris is a wonderful writer and I love what he does. I think he will be different. That’s what will lift me out of any moments of horror that it’s carrying on without me. It’ll be different and it’ll be exciting.”

Fandom seems divided about how Chibnall’s reign will pan out, but we’ll just have to wait and see – and let’s try to remain positive, eh?

Do you wish Capaldi had stayed on? Or should Chris’ era be a fresh break?