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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.


  • 12th Doctor Fan

    February 3rd, 2017 - 1:58pm

    Too early for me to speculate I want to enjoy series 10, then only then think 13 but I’d love Ben Wishaw as13.

  • 12th Doctor Fan

    February 3rd, 2017 - 1:57pm

    Agreed I’m female and really don’t want a female doctor, we’ve had Missy and I’ve got fed up with her, Clara became bigger than the Doctor, hate series 9 ending, also didn’t like the character Me either, hated River, series 6 in particular.

  • Chris neal

    February 3rd, 2017 - 1:12pm

    I feel sad Peter is leaving as he’s one of my favourites.people keep saying about a women taking over ,but I’m sorry no way should a women play the doctor no way.

  • Doctor Stu

    February 3rd, 2017 - 8:40am

    I’ve heard Ben Whishaw’s name thrown around and I think he’d be a
    pretty good doctor, he’s got that quirkiness about him that we saw as Q in James Bond and he can handle emotional scenes well like in London Spy. Plus he’d be the first openly out actor to play the Doctor which is a big push in diversity but it may be time for a woman to take over as well. As long as that actor or actress is picked because they’re the right person for the job and not based on gender, colour, orientation etc because they you start to move into tokenism territory.

  • Anonymous

    February 2nd, 2017 - 7:01pm

    Why is it so bad. It’s probably better then you idea
    You are so rude

  • whovian

    February 2nd, 2017 - 5:46pm

    No, no and no! He can just stick to sherlock and dr strange. He would make a terrible doctor. Alan Davies, your time has come to play the part!

  • Tasneem

    February 2nd, 2017 - 4:39pm

    Hells yeah

  • chris taberner

    February 2nd, 2017 - 4:08pm

    I would like to see Sherlock star benditch cumberbatch play the next dr who

  • Spamella

    February 2nd, 2017 - 9:26am

    It would be very interesting to see a female doctor especially when the current master is female also.

  • The Prydonian

    February 2nd, 2017 - 9:14am

    What ????!!!!!! Miranda Hart is a very average actor at best. Never heard such a ridiculous suggestion in all my life.

  • Anonymous

    February 1st, 2017 - 11:13pm

    I think miranda Hart should be the next Dr because she would be perfect as she would be funny

  • The Werewolf

    February 1st, 2017 - 6:44pm

    Tennant, Smith and Capaldi all did 3 series in 4 years. That is the pattern. Shame Capaldi had to leave though


    February 1st, 2017 - 6:10pm

    I’m quite surprised to be honest, but don’t really mind as I found the character of 12 to be changing dramatically and suddenly with no apparent reason. The difference between eight and nine was really odd

    Don’t know who should be next… but I do hope it is a man

  • Jordan Scott

    February 1st, 2017 - 6:08pm

    I agree with you, although from what I’ve seen and heard, series 10 looks to be the best yet so might just make up for it!

  • Stewart Who

    February 1st, 2017 - 1:44pm

    Ben wishes……. Could be a good choice for the Doctor, but I think David Tennant is going to be the bookies favourite!……. A re-regeneration! ………Or Degeneration!……… But a clever trick, could be two Doctors….. a split degeneration…….McGann, and Tennant…….. A storyline where there is a twin regeneration, uncommon, but non identical Doctors with a spin off for McGann isolated on a Scottish island around the turn of the 19th century!

  • Anonymous

    February 1st, 2017 - 1:32pm

    Paapa Essiedu for the new doctor. Fantastic shakespearian actor in the ilk of david David Tennant and John summ.

  • the ergon

    February 1st, 2017 - 1:28pm

    colin baker of the new who. Thats a bit harsh for both actors. Even though colin baker is the frustrated jobbing actor and to be honest an hasty choice he gave it is best shot even though the powers that be at the beeb wanted him out even though he was and still is committed to who. With capaldi , he was an already established film and tv star before who, so to draw comparison is a little unfair. I think it is the right time to leave as people say and they needed to start afresh for the forthcoming chibnall era due to flagging ratings.

  • The Outcast

    February 1st, 2017 - 10:16am

    Oh, it appeared. Just ignore my previous comment then. 😛

  • The Outcast

    February 1st, 2017 - 7:53am

    Well, I did write a fair bit on this but it was deleted by the Internet or something. Basically I’m fine with Gender and Race.

  • The Outcast

    February 1st, 2017 - 7:46am

    I fine with the Doctor changing Gender or Skin colour as long as its not just done for PC reasons or as a publicity stunt.

    I also think that for this to work we need to lose all the pointless Doctor/Companion romance plots. I’ve always thought the Doctor should be A-sexual to us, because we’re human and he/she is a time-lord, in order to make it less awkward when he/she does change gender. Not saying there’s any thing wrong with Male/Male or Female/Female relationships its just… one moment the companion is happily loving the Doctor of their preferred gender and then… gender change!

    So yeah… No romance.

  • Alex Who?

    February 1st, 2017 - 2:53am

    Sad news for some (including me) but I know some will be happy to see him leave the role. And YES people are right, Capaldi got the short end of the stick with the quality of scripts in his seasons. Moffet should have done such a talented actor justice.

    Still, there were some gems like FLATLINE and HEAVEN SENT. And of course the Doctor’s anti-war speech. Love the righteous anger of the 12th Doctor!

  • Anonymous

    February 1st, 2017 - 12:44am

    I think the best option is to pause going forward, and give us the McGann years.

    Give us Paul McGann!

  • Cman1O1Dalek

    January 31st, 2017 - 11:39pm

    What?! but why????

  • Dalekparadigm2

    January 31st, 2017 - 11:23pm

    I hope he does, its a lot less work and the scripts on the whole are phenominal.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    January 31st, 2017 - 11:22pm

    I’m sort of hoping that this clean slate will be just that and that Bill, though new, will be similar to Martha or Donna and be in for just the one series…

  • Exterminator

    January 31st, 2017 - 11:03pm

    I’d be over the moon if Andrew Scott got the role. I really like him in Sherlock as Moriarty.

  • Mycroft Holmes

    January 31st, 2017 - 10:07pm

    No one cares about your dreams, brother mine. Now go home, you’re drunk.

  • Green Death

    January 31st, 2017 - 9:18pm

    I’m a life long fan who has enjoyed Capaldi as the Dr. However, the recent story lines have become a little depressing and confusing at times for a middle aged man let alone a child. I’m not adverse to a woman taking over but the show must get back to its core values. Russel T Davies got it spot on when he originally brought it back.

  • The Living Shadow

    January 31st, 2017 - 8:46pm

    I totally agree. At least we have a few good episodes like ‘Heavent Sent’, and ‘Flatline’. Hopefully they’ll have some good stories for him in series 10…

  • When The Doctor Was Me

    January 31st, 2017 - 8:40pm

    I was hoping for Capaldi to stay on for at least series 11 just to see if the creative team change would help. However we are not going to see this.

    I do think its a good idea for Chibnall to make the show his own from the start and not use a Doctor which has been established under a different reign. A clean slate and getting the show back on form is a huge priority for me.

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