Peter Capaldi is on his way out as the 12th Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who.
Capaldi’s departure was announced early today on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show. “One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best,” Capaldi said. “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.”
Also departing alongside the 12th Doctor will be writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. “For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi,” Moffat said. “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!”
The 10th season will also bring in a new companion, Bill, played by Pearl Mackie, and Matt Lucas’ Nardole. David Suchet and Michelle Gomez are set for guest appearances.
Capaldi has had a long history with the Doctor Who franchise. He first appeared in an episode from 2008, The Fires of Pompeii, playing Caecilius.
Capaldi will return in the next season for 12 episodes in April, followed by the Christmas Special when the next regeneration will take place. No official word has come down on who will take up the mantle of the 13th Doctor.