Peter Capaldi Announces Doctor Who Departure

“I feel it’s sort of time for me to move on,” says 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi

The end is near for Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi. The actor, speaking on BBC Radio 2 (via the official Doctor Who Twitter), just announced that he will exit the long-running science fiction series this Christmas (presumably in a Christmas special).

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“[I]t will be my last,” says Peter Capaldi of the upcoming season (the tenth modern series and the show’s 36th overall). “…This will be the end for me… I feel it’s sort of time for me to move on to different challenges.”

Peter Capaldi’s exit will match the exit of longtime showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffat. Chris Chibnall is set to succeed him, so it would seem that a 13th Doctor will be revealed before the year’s end. You can listen to Peter Capaldi discuss his exit and tease the upcoming episodes in the embedded audio player below.

Doctor Who series 10, which will premiere in April 15, will be the third series starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and will introduce Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, the Doctor’s new traveling companion. Matt Lucas also plays Nardole, who previously appeared in the Christmas specials “The Husbands of River Song” and “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”

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Doctor Who, which began broadcasting on BBC America in 2005, follows the Doctor, an alien from a race called the Time Lords whose home planet is Gallifrey is created by Sydney Newman (The Avengers), and Executive Produced by Russell T. Davies (Torchwood), Julie Gardner (Torchwood), Steven Moffat (Sherlock), Phil Collinson (Coronation Street), Piers Wenger (How I Live Now), Beth Willis (Doctor Who Confidential), Brian Minchin (Wizards vs. Aliens), Caroline Skinner (Our Girl), and Mal Young (Desperate Scousewives).

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