My fellow Whovians, I’m sad to report that it’s that time again.
Our beloved Twelfth Doctor aka Peter Capaldi aka the most punk rock Doctor we’ve ever had, announced Series 10 of Doctor Who will be his last. Speaking to Jo Whiley on her BBC Radio 2 show today, Capaldi said,
One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. 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.”
In a way it’s no real surprise, what with longtime showrunner, Steven Moffat set to leave, and Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch, Torchwood) taking over the helm, many speculated the new Series head might like to kick things off with a regeneration. That said, Peter Capaldi has made Twelve so uniquely his own, it would have been absolutely lovely to keep him around a bit longer. Then again, who knows what wonderful things are in store for us, perhaps a Doctor of color, or a Time Lady (I suggested Hayley Atwell over a year ago) will pop in for a series or two — heck, who knows? We could get a genderless or genderfluid Doctor, the possibilities are endless.
For now, we’re set to enjoy the most excellently eyebrowed, dapper, wild-haired wonder that is Peter Capaldi, an actor among actors and a Doctor among the best.
Series 10 also stars Pearl Mackie as the Doctor’s Companion, Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and feature Michelle Gomez as Missy, aka the Master, begins April 15th on BBC America.
For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. 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!” [Steven Moffat]