NO Big Surprise
BBC bosses expect Peter Capaldi to leave Doctor Who after the next series – when writer Steven Moffat also steps down.
The 57-year-old’s tenure as the 12th Doctor is likely to end in 2017.
When new chief Chris Chibnall, who created Broadchurch, begins a new era in series 11, it is thought he will also get to choose his own Time Lord.
A source on the BBC show said: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven leaves.
“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.
“They hope he will be able to find someone who can have the same impact as Matt Smith did when Steven Moffat kicked off his run as executive producer.”
The move would mirror what happened when Russell T. Davies – who brought the sci-fi series back in 2005 after 26 years – departed at the same time David Tennant left as the 10th Doctor.
A BBC spokesman said Capaldi was signed up for the 2017 series but beyond that said: “We don’t discuss contracts.”
This should come as any great surprise. I thought this was likely already, even before 2016 was put off until 2017.
The history of the show, and showrunners, generally says this was inevitable.
New Producer (old school term) at Hartnell Regeneration, Troughton and Pertwee.
Then it gets murky after that until 2010 when The Moffat Era began with the wholesale clean out of the Davies Era.
But the point is that is not uncommon for things to radically change when the man at the top changes.
If Capaldi wasn’t signed for Series 10 I’d think he’d could leave in the 2016 XMAS special still but new showrunners like to start fresh.
Though that does make the companion situation interesting.
Maybe now they opt for a 2009 style companion-for-the-episode instead of casting one for the series.
Or they’ll cast a one season companion like Donna or Martha.
But Capaldi leaving is not a shock. It’s sadness because he is a FANTASTIC Doctor. But this I think was inevitable in the end.
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