After three seasons as The Doctor, actor Peter Capaldi will be stepping down from his role Doctor Who. Not only is Capaldi departing after the upcoming the season which premieres Saturday, April 15 on BBC America, but long time showrunner Steven Moffat will also be stepping down from his position after this next run of episodes.
Capaldi made the announcement about his departure last night on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show and the had the following to say:
“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.”
Moffat also commented on his own decision to leave Doctor 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. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ 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!”
While I can’t say this is a huge shock, rumors have been circulating about both leaving the show for a while now, it certainly is a sad day and signal a drastic shift in the show for 2018 and beyond. While Capaldi was initially met with resistance in the role due to the younger American audiences that had jumped on board with the younger more attractive Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith, Capaldi has carved out his own place in Doctor Who history with some stellar episodes and performances.
No word yet on who or when we’ll find out the identity of the actor/actress that will take on the role of The Doctor after Capaldi, but for those wondering when exactly the regeneration will happen on the show, the press release states:
“Capaldi will return in the next season for 12 episodes in April, followed by the Christmas Special when the regeneration will take place.”
Moffat isn’t quite down with the Doctor Who universe yet as he will executive produce the new spin-off series Class and you can find the official description below:
The new eight-part series will follow four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow. The program stars Greg Austin as Charlie; Fady Elsayed as Ram; Sophie Hopkins as April; Vivian Oparah as Tanya and Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill.
Class is a BBC Studios Wales production, co-produced with BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide.
Doctor Who returns Saturday, April 15 at 9/8c followed by Spin-Off Series Class at 10/9c on BBC America.