As the end of the current series (season) of ‘Doctor Who’ draws near, many fans are starting to get a little nervous about the big changes headed our way. As most DW followers know by now, this season marks the end of the run for both current Doctor portrayer Peter Capaldi and long-time showrunner Steven Moffat.
As new showrunner Chris Chibnall prepares to take over, the obvious assumption is that he’s already hard at work at both mapping out the stories for next season and beyond – after all, BBC seems to have committed to at least 5 more seasons of the show – and attempting to figure out who is next in line to play the Doctor, as no casting has officially yet been announced. With a new Doctor, of course, comes a regeneration sequence (and a REAL one, not the silly fake-out we saw in last week’s episode), so plans must be made as well for how that transition will go.
Moffat was interviewed recently by BBC Radio 4, and did share some intriguing tidbits about what fans can expect to witness in the upcoming transformative scene:
“You haven’t got to the end of this series yet, which ends on – I hope – quite an unexpected note. You all know that the mighty Peter Capaldi will be bowing out. But we’re going to do it slightly differently this time. And I’ve been working with Chris [Chibnall] about how we do the changeover in a new way. So I’m not going to tell you what that is – I’m excited by it, I think it’s going to work well – but it’s not… well every regeneration is different, but we are playing it slightly differently this time. I think we’ve got a good idea – but I’m not telling you what it is.”
It certainly should be an interesting situation, one that will become all the more intriguing once we learn who Capaldi’s on-screen successor will be. As soon as that information hits, we will make sure to keep you updated!
‘Doctor Who’ currently airs on Saturday nights on BBC America.
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