Peter Capaldi has confirmed that he will be stepping down as the infamous Timelord at the end of this year.
Speaking to Jo Whiley yesterday on BBC Radio 2, the Scottish actor announced his departure and confirmed that his final outing as The Doctor would air this Christmas.
“I feel it’s time to move on,” he said. The 58 year old took the role on back in 2013, making his debut during a flash cameo appearance as part of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary special.
Speaking about Doctor Who and the upcoming 10th series he said”I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on. It can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”
Capaldi confirmed that he was asked to stay on as The Doctor at the end of his current contract, which runs out this year but wanted to move onto other things.
Current show runner, Steven Moffat praised the star’s performance in a BBC announcement: “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!”
He added: “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.”
Doctor Who first hit our screens in 1963, before being relaunched in 2005. The new series kicks off on Saturday 15th April on BBC One.
By Jarrod Jones