The Doctor’s days may be numbered. Peter Capaldi recently suggested his time as the star of “Doctor Who” could come to an end soon.
“This could be my final year — it’s terrifying,” Capaldi told the Telegraph. “I love ‘Doctor Who,’ but it can be quite an insular world, and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over. But I knew that when I started. I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That’s my terrible melancholic nature. When you accept the job, you know there’ll come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.”
So will he say goodbye in “Doctor Who” Season 10? It wouldn’t be a stretch. Three seasons is about how long most recent actors in the title role have endured. While Christopher Eccleston appeared only one season, David Tennant and Matt Smith each played the part three seasons. Season 10 will be Capaldi’s third year on the British series, so it’s quite possible he’ll leave afterward. Nothing is confirmed yet, but this isn’t the first time that Capaldi has suggested the end is near.
“I sort of enjoy this position I am in with a kind of deep Scottish melancholy because I know it has to end one day,” he told the Mirror in August. “I will cross that bridge when we come to it, which may be sooner rather than later.”
“Doctor Who” is set to last another five seasons, but Capaldi isn’t signed for all of them. When asked about the 12th Doctor’s future last month, however, showrunner Steven Moffat didn’t seem to be worried when replying. “Peter Capaldi is going nowhere,” he told Variety. Only time will tell whether Capaldi sticks around after the 10th season.
“Doctor Who” Season 10 premieres on BBC America in 2016. Do you think Capaldi will leave or will he continue to play The Doctor? Sound off in the comments section below!