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Capaldi To Leave Doctor Who After Series 10

This evening comes with breaking news, as Peter Capaldi has just announced that he will be stepping down from the lead role in Doctor Who after series 10.

In an interview on  BBC Radio 2 show with presenter Jo Whiley, Capaldi stated that he will be leaving at the end of the year along with departing showrunner Steven Moffat.

He stated in the interview:

“I feel sad. I love Doctor Who, it’s a fantastic programme to work on and it’s been a huge pleasure to work with a family… but I’ve always been somebody that did a lot of different things, I’ve never done one job for 3 years, this is the first time I’ve done this and I feel that it’s time for me to move on to different challenges… Like everything, you have to be aware of when it’s time to move on.”

In the official press release from the BBC, he added:

“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.”

Show runner and Executive Producer Steven Moffat said of working with Capaldi:

“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. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peter’s amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, said:

“Peter Capaldi will always be a very special Doctor to me; his adventures through time and space started just as I arrived on BBC One. He has been a tremendous Doctor who has brought his own unique wisdom and charisma to the role. But, it’s not over yet – I know the next series is going to be spectacular. He’s a fine actor who I hope we work with again when he leaves the TARDIS.”

Brian Minchin, Executive Producer, said:

“Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I’m sad he has decided to move on in 2018 I’m delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they’re planning and it’s going to be incredible.”

Of course the question on everybody’s lips is who will play the Thirteenth Doctor, but for now we still have a whole series of Capaldi’s Doctor to enjoy. As he reminds us:

“I’m still there. I’m still Doctor Who for a long time.”

You can hear the full interview below.