Last week actor Peter Capaldi announced that he would be departing the popular sci-fi television programme Dr Who. Capaldi has played the role of the mysterious ‘Doctor’ character since 2013, and is set to appear in the upcoming tenth season of the show this April.
Both David Tennant and Matt Smith (the tenth and eleventh Doctors) took up a four season residency with the show before deciding to hand the reigns over to a new actor, and it will no doubt come as a huge shock that Capaldi has decided to call it a day after just three seasons.
In an official statement on January 30, Capaldi explained: “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.”
Season 10 will also be the last series to feature veteran writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Moffat has been a part of the Dr Who team for over a decade, and has been a hugely influential figure in helping the show reach its current level of popularity.
Moffat said of his time at Dr Who: “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.”
Media outlets in the UK have already began polling to find out who could be Capaldi’s replacement, and for the first time in the shows history a number of female actors are being considered for the role. Some of the names currently being discussed include Peep Show’s Olivia Coleman, former Dr Who companion Billie Piper and Captain America actress Hayley Atwell.