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January 30th, 2017 164 comments

Peter Capaldi to Leave Doctor Who Christmas 2017

Peter Capaldi reveals to Jo Whiley that the new series of Doctor Who will be his last.


  • The Moffat Paradox

    January 31st, 2017 - 8:27pm

    I’m half hoping that Capaldi changes his mind as what you are identifying here when things with Moffat have been below par is a systemic problem that would continue regardless of who is in the title role. Short of having our own Tardises only time will tell whether having Mr Chibnail at the creative helm is a good choice.

  • prototype dalek

    January 31st, 2017 - 7:00pm

    Maybe Ben Whishaw, Andrew Scott, James Norton and Richard Ayoade would be a good choice as the next potential doctor

  • Arendelle

    January 31st, 2017 - 6:51pm

    Martin Kelly and doctor who fan 11 I completely agree with you. But if you’ve heard, Billie Piper has said she thinks it’s time for a female Doctor. She has told the BBC “I’ve always supported the original format but I don’t know where they can go from here”. That is coming from a former cast member of the show.

    I have a feeling I’m going to get trolled for this, but there is only ONE female I would ever accept as the role of the Doctor, and that would be Jenna Colman.

    I know a lot of fans have expressed their opinions about Clara overshadowing the Doctor, but the episodes where she has been centre stage (especially flatline) just goes to prove that she could pull it off. But with all that being said, the Doctor has always been played by a white British male.

    Peter Capaldi had huge potential, but like most people have said, which its true, Moffat has run the series into the ground almost. The only good things he ever did for the show, was create the Weeping Angels and River Song/Melody Pond.

  • When The Doctor Was Me

    January 31st, 2017 - 6:22pm

    Am I happy that he is standing down. No!
    Do I think it needs to happen though… Yes!

    I’m not happy his leaving so soon because I think the material he has had has been really poor. The quality of the episodes just has decreased so much. Capaldi is a hugely talented actor and he has only had a handful of amazing moments in who. Not because he has failed to find the character, but because the material limited him with what he could do. Hands down the best Capaldi moment was in the Zygon 2 parter with his speech on war and fighting. That was outstanding!

    The reason I do think this is the right choice however is because I feel like ever since day one the show seems to have been apologising for casting an older actor. Moffat has failed to write decently for the show for a long time and I think its right to allow Chibnall a fresh start. Why? Because I think its unfair for him to write the character the way he wants to, under what has already been established in Moffats era, and complicating things. It is best for him to just start a fresh. Give us his Doctor and work from there.

    Mr Capaldi it has been a pleasure having you in the role, but the odds were against you. You unfairly have become the Colin Baker of New Who. A title which is completely underserved, but you have been wronged with your material.

  • D0CT0R WH0

    January 31st, 2017 - 5:59pm

    To be honest it hasn’t come to a surprise to me. They’ve been many talks about it before. I saw it coming. I’m sad to find out that it’s official though. He was a good doctor. I wander who will take his place?

  • The Dalek Whovian

    January 31st, 2017 - 4:40pm

    What a shame I was really hoping that Series 10 would be the season where the 12th Doctor would find his feet like what Big Finish did with the 6th Doctor. Caplidi’s performance’s have been incredible though. Please do Big Finish audios one day Mr Capaldi

  • Gordon Ramsay

    January 31st, 2017 - 4:39pm

    And she should also be lesbian

  • r1ch1e

    January 31st, 2017 - 4:19pm

    I think Capaldi has been amazing but it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since he took over. And to lose moffat to! They have both been wonderful to our show and I wish them all the very best for the future! But the future is bright under Chris Chibnall. Time for the next chapter to begin!

    I have always been a fan of Adrian Lester and I think he would make a great doctor but also Amanda Abbington or Sian Brooke would be teriffic lady doctors!

  • The Surgeon

    January 31st, 2017 - 4:18pm

    He will always be down as one of the very best. You could tell he loved doing it and although some of his episodes were a bit hairy, it was always a pleasure to watch

  • The Other

    January 31st, 2017 - 4:17pm

    NOOOOOOOOO!!! He’s easily the biggest waste of potential of all New Doctor Who – the finest actor to play the Doctor since 2005 and utterly ruined by Moffat’s terrible scripts. He could have easily been unquestionably the best Doctor of The Revival and quite possibly the best Doctor ever. Damn you for wasting him Moffat, I’ll never forgive you for that.

    Here’s to Peter Capaldi – the greatest and most wasted Doctor New-Who ever had.

  • Kingoftheshadowkin

    January 31st, 2017 - 4:12pm

    We need a Black Woman Doctor.

  • geraint

    January 31st, 2017 - 3:59pm

    Thank goodness for that….Peter was great but the powers that be just couldn’t pull off having an older actor in the role this time around. I don’t know where they went wrong but they didn’t do their best with such a fine actor. The Doctor was always the older gent, but Moffat and the like couldn’t get this right and so focused on Clara instead.
    I’d love to see Rory Kinnear in the role, just don’t screw it up and writers to write for the Doctor….Not his companions!

  • doctor who fan 11

    January 31st, 2017 - 3:36pm

    no he shouldn’t I’m fine with missy but the doctor shouldn’t. from missys mouth “he cant get the upgrade”

  • the ergon

    January 31st, 2017 - 2:54pm

    The bookies have got ben whishaw as a suitable replacement, other names bandied about are richard ayoade from the it crowd,rory kinnear and olivia coleman.But i remember these names cropping up before capaldi was announced. I read somewhere they were looking for another hero type like david tennant or matt smith and young girl companion, i,m assuming to revitalise flagging merchandise sales. Personally i hope they plump for a complete unknown, no doubt with the obligatory announcement live show as fronted by zoe ball or jo whiley and guests

  • Sherlock Holmes

    January 31st, 2017 - 2:49pm

    That’s weird. This is almost exactly what happened in a dream I had last night. The only thing that needs to happen now is for Sophie Turner to be cast as the new doctor. She’s the only actress (apart from Tilda Swinton) I wouldn’t mind playing the doctor.

  • martin kelly

    January 31st, 2017 - 2:22pm

    NO the doctor has always been a man. that,s like saying TARZAN can be a woman. i love women but not as the doctor.

  • Arendelle

    January 31st, 2017 - 2:17pm

    Well seeing as how the Master regenerated into a woman and now calls herself Missy, what are peoples thoughts of the Doctor regenerating into a woman?

  • Arendelle

    January 31st, 2017 - 2:15pm

    The Outcast, dont u mean the Tardis interior?

  • Anonymous

    January 31st, 2017 - 1:30pm

    Well really it’s close to 4 years, David 2005-2010 with series 2, 3, 4 and specials, Matt 2010-2013 with series 5, series 6, series 7 and the specials and then Peter 2013-2017 with series 8, series 9, and 10

  • The Outcast

    January 31st, 2017 - 1:18pm

    I think the spinny-thing will probably be one of the things that the Toyota interior will be remembered for. I really hope they go for a different style of control room, maybe a more Magical styled one?

  • The Outcast

    January 31st, 2017 - 1:11pm

    I hope they don’t bring Matt back, his time as the current Doctor has passed. That being said, I hope he does come back an do some Big Finish audio adventures. 🙂

  • The Outcast

    January 31st, 2017 - 1:10pm

    As am I. Hopefully they fix all the problems of his era, such as being over shadowed by Clara.

  • Martin W

    January 31st, 2017 - 12:49pm

    I loved Peter’s Doctor, but do not think the stories did him justice. So looking forward to his Big Finish audio stories (please Peter), he’ll be brilliant!

  • Exterminator

    January 31st, 2017 - 12:36pm

    Me too, I hate the ‘merry-go-round’ thing above the console. They need to bin that.

  • The Daleks’ Advocate

    January 31st, 2017 - 12:11pm

    I see your point but she could stay 3 years. 😉 Although what I’d really like is a non-integer number of seasons, like 1 and a half or 2 and a half, and with an overlap with the next companion(s). They did that in Classic Who and it helped give a sense of continuity even as the show was evolving.

  • Anonymous

    January 31st, 2017 - 12:03pm

    Whilst I have never warmed to Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, I’m starting to get increasingly annoyed at this 3 year or so “Hi & Goodbye” turnstile Doctor effect. It would be nice to actually have a Doctor who (sic) decided to stay for a 5 year period or more.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    January 31st, 2017 - 11:53am

    And for each incarnation its centuries that have passed between the regenerations.

  • Simon W

    January 31st, 2017 - 11:34am

    I know it’s sad new that Peter is leaving the show but if u think about it every Doctor from David has been the Doctor for 3 years,
    David S2-S4
    Matt S5-7
    Peter S8-10.
    ——– S11-??.

    So 3 years it the limit now.
    Lets how the next Doctor is going to breath a lot of new life into the roll.

  • Gary

    January 31st, 2017 - 10:43am

    Sorry meant peter was not keen with scheduling of show

  • DoctorFan

    January 31st, 2017 - 10:40am

    nooooooo don’t go!!!!
    hopefully big finish can get him to do some audio stories so he wont be gone forever

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