Peter Capaldi appeared on a number of programmes yesterday to promote the release of Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Series on DVD, Blu-ray, and through the BBC Store, during which he also discussed his present and potential future involvement with the show.
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Janice Forsyth Show, he discussed his thoughts on continuing to play the Doctor when the show’s next lead writer Chris Chibnall takes over with presenter Edi Stark:
I haven’t made my mind up. I’ve been asked to stay on, which is lovely, and I think Chris Chibnall’s fantastic and a wonderful choice. To be perfectly honest, it’s so far away in the future, and I don’t – you know, Doctor Who is a very difficult thing to say goodbye to, and I don’t want to make that decision right now. I don’t know yet – they’ve asked me to stay on, so when I am forced to make that decision I will make it.
Speaking on BBC Radio Two’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon, he said:
I love being Doctor Who, so I will be around as it’s right to be around.
Meanwhile, the next series, which definitely continues his adventures with the Doctor, will begin filming soon; when asked on ITV’s Lorraine show, he responded:
It’s going to start very soon. For some reason I’m not allowed to tell you, because Doctor Who is veiled in secrecy always!
The new series will also feature the new companion, with Peter telling Steve Wright:
It’s sad when Jenna was on the show before I arrived so she was my welcome to the show and she introduced me to it, and told me where to go and where to get my corned beef and where to sit and all that stuff, and she was absolutely lovely so I’ll miss her very much. We’re going to have a new companion, because we’re just obviously about to start filming the new season – it’s going to be someone very different who will be announced shortly. I really can’t say who that is, but the whole dynamic is going to be very different – but that’s good too, you know, it’s a different character.
Radio Times has reported that, in addition to his usual duties in Doctor Who, Capaldi may also make a guest appearance in spin-off series Class, which is due to commence filming in April.