Peter Capaldi Confirms He Has Been Asked To Stay On As ‘Doctor Who’ After Steven Moffat’s Departure

Posted Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 09:00 am GMT -4 by

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It’s never been in doubt that ‘Doctor Who’ would carry on for the foreseeable future, but things have gotten rocky over the past few months.  First it was announced that there would be no new season of the show this year, with it returning in 2017.  Then Steven Moffat will be replaced as the series’ showrunner by Chris Chibnall.

It’s no secret that the show’s star Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor, has referred to shooting the show as “grueling” and that he has been exploring more directing opportunities.  Some feared that he may depart the series with Moffat leaving.  After all, David Tennant similarly exited the show when Russell T. Davies left.

Is he staying?

Capaldi… isn’t sure.  Not exactly glowing news, but it’s something.  At any rate, he isn’t being let go.  He revealed that he has been asked to stay on, but unfortunately, hasn’t yet made up his mind.

“I’ve been asked to stay on, but it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision.

“Steven’s been absolutely wonderful, so I love working with him. Chris is fantastic, and I think he’s a hugely talented guy.

“I don’t know where the show’s gonna go then. I don’t know. I have to make up my mind, and I haven’t yet.

“As Steven will tell you, it’s very difficult to say goodbye.”

Capaldi admitted to being terribly hard hit by the departure this season of Jenna Coleman, who played his companion Clara Oswald.

Capaldi has only starred in two seasons of the show, which is one less than his two predecessors Tennant and Matt Smith did.  They each headlined for three seasons.  But before Tennant, Christopher Eccleston only starred in one.  So two is rather average and wouldn’t necessarily be a disappointment.

Do you want to see Capaldi as The Doctor for at least one more season?  Or do you think it’s time for the entire show to regenerate itself?

Source: Radio Times

  • Yes, I’d like to see how Capaldi does with a better show runner. I’ve hated Moffat’s tenure.