Peter Capaldi May Leave Doctor Who After Tenth Series

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Peter Capaldi May Leave Doctor Who After Tenth Series

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Doctor Who Series 10 will be Steven Moffat's last, and perhaps Peter Capaldi's as well.

I've grown rather fond of Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor over the past two years. While Doctor Who fans were skeptical of this regeneration at first, Capaldi's performance went a long way towards belaying concerns and Series 9 cemented his legacy as a fantastic Doctor. But now that Steven Moffat has announced he'll be stepping down as executive producer, Doctor Who will be going through some changes. And if the rumor mill is to believed, one of those changes will be Capaldi saying goodbye to the role in Series 10.

Let's focus on the facts first: Steven Moffat revealed last weekend that his Doctor Who run would conclude in 2017, at which point Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will take over. This was quickly followed by a source within the BBC telling the Daily Mirror that Doctor Who's fresh slate might include a new Doctor. "Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven leaves," says the source. "They've been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor."

While this is absolutely still a rumor, it wouldn't be unprecedented. When executive producer Russell T Davies left the series in 2009, Tenth Doctor David Tennant went with him. This provided an opening for Moffat and Matt Smith to develop an Eleventh Doctor who remains a fan favorite today. BBC may wish to recreate that dynamic for Series 11, choosing an actor who better reflects the direction Chibnall decides to follow.

Personally, I'm not ready for Capaldi to leave at all. He developed a truly compelling Doctor over the past two seasons, and now all I want are more adventures with a new companion. That said, if Capaldi's role were coming to an end, that would lend a stronger dramatic weight to the events of Series 10. Moffat and Capaldi would have an entire season to make sure they ended on a high note - and that would be worth seeing.

Whatever happens, Capaldi will get one more Doctor Who Christmas special in 2016, followed by a tenth series in 2017. And unless one of you has a Tardis that can show us how the future unfolds, we'll have to wait for a specific answer later this year.

Source: Daily Mirror, via GamesRadar

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I haven't had a chance to see Capaldi as the Doctor yet, but it's on my list, and definitely up my alley. As for a choice for a new Doctor, I don't really know what to say... this has come up in the past on this site, especially as to whether the Doctor could be played by a woman, or another ethnicity. Technically? I don't see why not, it's been implied that the process could cause the Doctor to regenerate as a woman in the past (but I can't remember if race was ever brought up), and implemented with the Master. Personally? I'd rather another scruffy, old, white professor-type (I was a huge Tom Baker fan).

I was actually kind of assuming that Capaldi would leave and we'd have another overall changing of the guard. It was already rumoured 10 would be his last, so, I'll just say this.

No matter how cool you are, you will never be Peter Capaldi riding a tank, playing a guitar solo cool:

the December King:
I don't see why not, it's been implied that the process could cause the Doctor to regenerate as a woman in the past (but I can't remember if race was ever brought up)

It's been outright demonstrated to be the case that Time Lords can swap gender.

Not super surprising. Every modern doctor with the exception of Nine did a three year stint, although Ten also had those specials. Capaldi is a wonderful doctor, but these things change. If Broadchurch is any indication, I'm sure Who is due to become a meditation on contempt for human nature and secrets that destroy relationships, so yay for that!

Something Amyss:
I was actually kind of assuming that Capaldi would leave and we'd have another overall changing of the guard. It was already rumoured 10 would be his last, so, I'll just say this.

No matter how cool you are, you will never be Peter Capaldi riding a tank, playing a guitar solo cool:

the December King:
I don't see why not, it's been implied that the process could cause the Doctor to regenerate as a woman in the past (but I can't remember if race was ever brought up)

It's been outright demonstrated to be the case that Time Lords can swap gender.

And ethnicity. Or rather, the ethnicity of the actor at least. We probably can't apply those paradigms to Gallifreyan heritages.

Anyway, I do quite like Peter Capaldi, but considering that series 10 will be his third, and no one seems to want to do more than that, I already figured he would leave after. I'll be sad to see him go, and excited to see how the show changes.

TheVampwizimp:

And ethnicity. Or rather, the ethnicity of the actor at least. We probably can't apply those paradigms to Gallifreyan heritages.

Hell, just the fact that Capaldi distinguishes himself as Scottish should indicate something.

As far as staying past 3 seasons, I suppose it at least prevents them from overstaying their welcome. I could have done with a little more Eccleston and Smith, though. I'll probably feel the same about Capaldi when he's done, though I won't know until I've seen that third series.

Something Amyss:

It's been outright demonstrated to be the case that Time Lords can swap gender.

Understood - as I said, I reckoned the Master was a good example of that.

And, yeah, I would have liked a bit more of Eccleston's run as Doctor too- when I first saw him in the role, I just wasn't sure... but his Doctor really grew on me.

honestly stopped watching when he lost his last companion, just didn't see the point.

Well, I refuse to accept this fate... and now I'm going to create a time loop in the hopes that there will be a fourth series for this particular Doctor, only to realize that I'm more selfish than I thought by not letting Capaldi just leave on his own terms...

Other than that, I'm with Amyss when regarding the next [pending] regeneration, though:

Something Amyss:
No matter how cool you are, you will never be Peter Capaldi riding a tank, playing a guitar solo cool:

The next doctor will be either a woman, black or both.
It's part of the BBC's desperate attempt to look progressive. Perhaps the next Doctor will be transgender.
But actually, if the BBC wanted to be representative of race, they should make the next Doctor asian, since asians make up the largest ethnic minority in the UK.

A Doctor from India? I'd be totally up for an Indian Doctor Who.

Li Mu:
The next doctor will be either a woman, black or both.
It's part of the BBC's desperate attempt to look progressive. Perhaps the next Doctor will be transgender.
But actually, if the BBC wanted to be representative of race, they should make the next Doctor asian, since asians make up the largest ethnic minority in the UK.

A Doctor from India? I'd be totally up for an Indian Doctor Who.

Well they have a habit of taking people who have appeared in bit-parts and cameo appearances and bringing them into the main cast - Peter Capaldi himself being an example - and we did see Sanjeev Bhaskar, who I think would make an awesome Doctor, appear in the season 8 finale. That could be fun.

On the rumour that he will leave, lets wait and see. I think we heard this rumour after season 2 as well so am personally taking this with a pinch of salt. As far as the "David Tennant and Matt Smith both moved on after 3 seasons" precedent goes, it's a valid observation but I would be cautious of reading too much into it. Both DT and MS were less established as actors prior to their stints as The Doctor, and as such the risk of being type-cast as a sci-fi actor was a bigger risk. Peter Capaldi had his breakout role years ago so doesn't have that same risk. Also, DT and MS, as they both stated wanted to try different things, and had different career aspirations. As a more seasoned actor, Peter Capaldi has likely done most of his "self-discovery as an actor" work and thus has the luxury of pursuing a role he enjoys for as long as he likes without fear of missing out in the same way.

The next Dr will be a white man largely because of the twiiter rights lynch mob have made so much noise about it. The BBC already suffers from the perception that it's made by Guardian readers for Guardian readers and it cannot be seen to bow to pressure from twitter activists. Which is shame because there are plenty of actors who could have made a good Dr but won't get the job because some people can't work out that if you try to impose your views you will annoy everyone else. Sanjeev Bhaskar would have a been a brilliant Dr Who, so would Adrian Lester and if you could persuade Miriam Margolyes to play the role that would be brilliant.

albino boo:
if you could persuade Miriam Margolyes to play the role that would be brilliant.

If there's one woman who people might accept, it's her; a great suggestion.
A while back I read a lovely blog post where someone created an alternative history of female Doctors, recasting all of them up to Matt Smith. I particularly remember they had Sue Perkins in the David Tennant role, which I thought was brilliant - and Penelope Keith as Tom Baker was rather inspired as well.
Looking at it now, I see they had Miriam Margolyes in there too - as the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)

Li Mu:
The next doctor will be either a woman, black or both.
It's part of the BBC's desperate attempt to look progressive. Perhaps the next Doctor will be transgender.
But actually, if the BBC wanted to be representative of race, they should make the next Doctor asian, since asians make up the largest ethnic minority in the UK.

A Doctor from India? I'd be totally up for an Indian Doctor Who.

Eh, people were saying that before Smith and Capaldi were announced as taking the role, and clearly it didn't happen then. Maybe it will happen this time, I have a feeling though that the BBC wouldn't want to risk changing the formula and slaying the golden goose, so to speak. A South Asian companion is long overdue though, I think that would be a good way to go.

JoJo:

Li Mu:
The next doctor will be either a woman, black or both.
It's part of the BBC's desperate attempt to look progressive. Perhaps the next Doctor will be transgender.
But actually, if the BBC wanted to be representative of race, they should make the next Doctor asian, since asians make up the largest ethnic minority in the UK.

A Doctor from India? I'd be totally up for an Indian Doctor Who.

Eh, people were saying that before Smith and Capaldi were announced as taking the role, and clearly it didn't happen then. Maybe it will happen this time, I have a feeling thoiugh that the BBC wouldn't want to risk changing the formula and slaying the golden goose, so to speak. A South Asian companion is long overdue though, I think that would be a good way to go.

A far better idea is to wait until Doctor Who as a series is coming to an end, and hand the baton off to a spin off show about other timelords. That way they can have way better license to chop and change the format (more female and doctors of colour), whilst still keeping some of the legacy of the previous franchise.

A non-white, non-male doctor would be met with a backlash, would feel too little too late for people wanting more diverse doctors, and would only really give the show one crack at diversity anyway. Plus it would fuck up my fan theory that Dr Who is one big metaphor for British Colonialism.

Li Mu:
The next doctor will be either a woman, black or both.

They'll talk about it again, but they won't do it.

One of the active rumours at the moment is that even if he wants to stay past series 10 the BBC has no intention of asking Capaldi to stay because they want another younger Doctor. Apparently they've seen a downturn in their merchandising sales during 12's run so they want another young 'cool nerd' 'boyfriend' Doctor.

If merchandising is so important to the show that it can influence the choice of the next Doctor then the chance of the next Doctor being a woman is exactly zero because they're not good for merchandising - just ask Scarlett Johansson.

The BBC will talk about it, of course, just like they always do - it's good for free media coverage and it makes them appear to be 'progressive' - but they will not do it. I doubt they'll take a single step out of their white-english-male-under-40 comfort zone.

Sixcess:
The BBC will talk about it, of course, just like they always do - it's good for free media coverage and it makes them appear to be 'progressive' - but they will not do it. I doubt they'll take a single step out of their white-english-male-under-40 comfort zone.

I'm actually considering putting down a bet that the next Doctor will be non-white. There's simply no good reason why he shouldn't be, it's an easy win for the BBC's diversity, which has been under fire recently, and like Capaldi it's an opportunity to change the tone a little. We had three rather similar Doctors in a row with Eccleston/Tennant/Smith (yes, I know they had their differences, but they were all earnest, excitable, shouty types), a return to more of the same would seem very unadventurous.

A female Doctor would be much more interesting but I don't think the BBC will take that risk.

If I had to put my money on anyone, I'd pick Adrian Lester as the most obvious choice. He's got proven credentials in leading a long-running series with lots of different tones, and he's got a nice unthreatening middle-class English accent. Sanjeev Baskar is a nice idea but I don't think it's likely. Adeel Akhtar would be a good Asian choice, though - he's on the up right now and he was fantastic in both Utopia and Capital - and showed some great comic cred in Four Lions as well!

Sixcess:

The BBC will talk about it, of course, just like they always do - it's good for free media coverage and it makes them appear to be 'progressive' - but they will not do it. I doubt they'll take a single step out of their white-english-male-under-40 comfort zone.

I'm sorry but that utter nonsense. The demographic for those that watch is Dr Who 6-70. Those spend their time commenting about it on forums and twitter is not a representation of those that watch it. Its the same way that twitter activist don't represent the whole country. Perhaps remembering the result of the last general election and comparing it to twitter trends. Its worth remembering there are far more people that drive white vans than tweet and an organisation that is paid through a mandatory license fee can't just make programs to keep middle class Guardian readers happy.

Something Amyss:
I was actually kind of assuming that Capaldi would leave and we'd have another overall changing of the guard. It was already rumoured 10 would be his last, so, I'll just say this.

No matter how cool you are, you will never be Peter Capaldi riding a tank, playing a guitar solo cool:

Yes, let us never speak of that ever again. Nor the sonic sunglasses Moffatt trolled us with.

TallanKhan:
On the rumour that he will leave, lets wait and see. I think we heard this rumour after season 2 as well so am personally taking this with a pinch of salt. As far as the "David Tennant and Matt Smith both moved on after 3 seasons" precedent goes, it's a valid observation but I would be cautious of reading too much into it. Both DT and MS were less established as actors prior to their stints as The Doctor, and as such the risk of being type-cast as a sci-fi actor was a bigger risk. Peter Capaldi had his breakout role years ago so doesn't have that same risk. Also, DT and MS, as they both stated wanted to try different things, and had different career aspirations. As a more seasoned actor, Peter Capaldi has likely done most of his "self-discovery as an actor" work and thus has the luxury of pursuing a role he enjoys for as long as he likes without fear of missing out in the same way.

I'm with this. Until we get official confirmation om BBC or Capaldi, we probably shouldn't take this too seriously.

And the easiest way to kick up a shitstorm is to suggest a woman take over a geek-favourite role.

thaluikhain:

Yes, let us never speak of that ever again. Nor the sonic sunglasses Moffatt trolled us with.

You're just jealous that you're not metal like The Doctor.

I don't watch Dr. Who but isn't this standard procedure? You get a new actor every other season?

thaluikhain:

Yes, let us never speak of that ever again. Nor the sonic sunglasses Moffatt trolled us with.

The sunglasses made his reclaiming of the screwdriver all the more mythic to me.
Like a warrior picking up his rightful sword.
He knows who he is again.
After all that doubt, he's back.
The Doctor.
and he's here to make everything better.

Something Amyss:

You're just jealous that you're not metal like The Doctor.

The Doctor has a history of being metal.
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No Matt, not like that.
Stop it.

As to Capaldi leaving...
I sincerely hope not.
He's good.
Real good.
Though I have to admit there's something to what others here have already said, that at least he hasn't outstayed his welcome.
I wanted more of all the doctors when their time came.
They do say leave the audience wanting more...

At least there's the audio dramas.
Looking forward to the three Donna and TennentDoc later this year.

thaluikhain:
Yes, let us never speak of that ever again. Nor the sonic sunglasses Moffatt trolled us with.

Yes. With all due respect to Ms. Amyss, that didn't come across to me as cool, just sad. (That said, I didn't much care for Matt Smith, either, so maybe I'm just old and Don't Get It.)

I will be sorry to see Capaldi go. I would like to have seen how he could have been used by a different writer more apt to embrace the classic Doctor Who aesthetic.

If Capaldi's in Dr Who, now might be a chance to get into the show. It's just...usually too whimsical for my taste. Sci-fi feels like it must make me think deep and dark and possibly suicidal too. Or something. Though, that tank-guitar picture has pretty much sold it on its' own. o.O

Johnny Novgorod:
I don't watch Dr. Who but isn't this standard procedure? You get a new actor every other season?

It's varied a lot. Looking at the modern show, Christopher Eccleston got one season, while David Tennant and Matt Smith got three + holiday specials.

If you're looking at classic Who, Tom Baker had seven seasons, and Paul McGann got one TV movie. It's all over the place.

i hope they dont go for another younger looking actor. i LIKE capaldi being older looking.
to be frank. i personaly am sick of the 'sexable' version of the Doctor.
i do understand that this more apealing version is why one of my fave shows is now considered watchable or even slightly mainstream. that you dont get bullied any longer for watching it (as a kid i mean. they bullied me mercilessly at school, but being a fan of Dr Who was just the extra icing on the nerdcake for them)

and i didnt mind it once....but every Dr since Eccleston has had his girl companions throwing themselves at him (except donna, thankfully) and i was very relived to see the reactions of 'OMG! he's so OLD *wails and crys*' from you tube ect.
i thought FINALY! we can get some work done.

but if the bbc realy want to know what the reason for the shows loss of numbers, its simple.
YOU PUT IT ON TOO LATE, YOU DUMBARSES!
between 6pm and 7pm is optimal for Dr Who. why? its not so late that other things are on. its not so late that the (very few nowadays) stricter moms n dads will tell their kids no, or that its too grown up now.
and it gets the group of people that just slaps on bbc1 while they are getting ready to go out on the satday night binge.

but they wanted that timeslot for junk like the voice or come dancing.
so its their own fault if the numbers fall because its on at nearly 9pm.

albino boo:

Sixcess:
I doubt they'll take a single step out of their white-english-male-under-40 comfort zone.

I'm sorry but that utter nonsense. The demographic for those that watch is Dr Who 6-70.

By white-english-male-under-40 I was referring to the casting crtieria for the next Doctor. I was not referring to any part of the audience.

This decision is going to be driven by money, and the people who are spending the money on Doctor Who merchandise are not the noisy minority of agenda pushers on social media. They are kids (or rather their parents) and they are adult fans - two groups who are not particularly receptive to change.

Doctor Who is too big, too mainstream and too profitable to experiment with. A top rated show that makes a lot of money for the BBC is not the place to take that kind of risk - and for all they will never admit it in public, the Powers That Be must know that it would be a risk.

To be honest, I have not really enjoyed this series doctor. It's nothing against Peter Capaldi, I wouldn't put it on him at all, he is a great actor I think. I just haven't enjoyed how the Doctor was written for the most part. I enjoyed the upbeat nature of the Matt Smith the most out of them all I think, probably because I'm pretty upbeat myself. The brooding Peter Capaldi doctor is not really up my alley. Also... the sonic sunglasses were really annoying for me. That's not to say I didn't enjoy some of it, it's hard not to. But I look forward to see what happens going forward.

Mikeybb:

The Doctor has a history of being metal.
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No Matt, not like that.
Stop it.

In fairness, metal health nearly did drive him mad.

Johnny Novgorod:
I don't watch Dr. Who but isn't this standard procedure? You get a new actor every other season?

The average is about 4 seasons, though that might have been lowered somewhat with the new series' run. There have bee four Doctors (I suppose you could count the War Doctor for this one, but I'm not going to) in the new franchise, with one lasting one season and the rest lasting around 3 each (assuming Capaldi does, in fact, leave).

So yeah, close to standard.

Mortuorum:
Yes. With all due respect to Ms. Amyss, that didn't come across to me as cool, just sad. (That said, I didn't much care for Matt Smith, either, so maybe I'm just old and Don't Get It.)

Well, the guy is going off to die. He's basically, at this point, given up. I would also call that sad.

Still. It's Peter Capaldi.

Riding a tank.

Playing a guitar solo.

Xsjadoblayde:
If Capaldi's in Dr Who, now might be a chance to get into the show. It's just...usually too whimsical for my taste. Sci-fi feels like it must make me think deep and dark and possibly suicidal too. Or something. Though, that tank-guitar picture has pretty much sold it on its' own. o.O

See? It's converting the masses!

Silverbane7:
i hope they dont go for another younger looking actor. i LIKE capaldi being older looking.
to be frank. i personaly am sick of the 'sexable' version of the Doctor.

I agree (though I have trouble seeing Matt Smith as "sexable" in any sense). I liked the bit where, after his regenerations kept making him younger and younger, the new set made him older again. I wouldn't mind seeing that as a pattern.

However, I suspect that they will want someone that youth can identify with and/or fawn over, so we're likely to see the age swing young again.

It's going to be a shame if the hero can be anyone ends up being repeatedly made into a hot 20-something, but I've been told pandering is a good thing, so....

Sixcess:

Doctor Who is too big, too mainstream and too profitable to experiment with.

Which is why they've taken the time to use it to launch two spinoffs.

And why they've radically altered the general formula. And why they cast a 900 year old man at the risk of alienating millennials.

Though if the show hasn't been tampered with enough in your eyes, then the "too successful" thing still seems like a bad argument. Doctor Who's seen a serious ratings decline. Maybe, then, more of the same isn't the answer.

...though I will make it clear I don't think it is more of the same.

James Nesbitt has to play The Doctor. James Nesbitt was born to be The Doctor. I don't care that doesn't want to.

Joking aside, I'd rather like to see Ken Stott in the role.

Please let Brian Blessed be the next doctor. I may actually start watching the series again if that happens...

EDIT:
Also: glad to see Moffat go. He was good at writing single episodes, but his story arcs were pretty shit.

Something Amyss:

Which is why they've taken the time to use it to launch two spinoffs.

And why they've radically altered the general formula. And why they cast a 900 year old man at the risk of alienating millennials.

Though if the show hasn't been tampered with enough in your eyes, then the "too successful" thing still seems like a bad argument. Doctor Who's seen a serious ratings decline. Maybe, then, more of the same isn't the answer.

...though I will make it clear I don't think it is more of the same.

You are looking at Dr Who through North American eyes. Dr Who is something that parents and grandparents watch with their children and grandchildren. Each generation has its own Dr and so what if 18 year olds dont watch it now, they will switch back on when they have kids. Part of the UK success of Dr Who is the nostalgic power of childhood memories. The reason why the last season had a serious ratings decline was it was up against the first Rugby world cup at home since 1991 or the X factor. Avoiding the X factor is why Dr has been pushed back into 2017.

Alleged_Alec:
Please let Brian Blessed be the next doctor. I may actually start watching the series again if that happens...

This, all of this. Throws all of the things at this to make this be a thing.

I can see him getting into a shouting match with the Dalek's "EXTERMINATE!! HOW DARE YOU SIR!!"

Dalek: "OW, LOWER YOUR VOICE, THERE IS NO NEED TO SHOUT!"

BB: "I'M NOT SHOUTING!!"

Dalek: "....WE'RE DOOMED!"

I haven't watched more than....I think 3 Capaldi Doctor episodes? I dunno, they just, didn't grab me. I didn't have a problem with Peter so much as the episodes. They just didn't feel all that engaging. Though part of that is my wish to still have Matt Smith, as I loved him as the Doctor. But I have 2 friends who still regularly watch the show, and their general opinion of it is "Meh. It's ok." So yeah, I'm not too keen to try and pick it back up.

Though if Tank Doctor is a thing, perhaps he regenerated in a Post-Apocalypse earth and became Guitar Guy from Fury Road. There are some strong similarities in those two.

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