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Peter Capaldi is leaving Doctor Who

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Love or hate the actor who steps into the big boots of a certain Time Lord, but there’s no denying that when the time for a regeneration comes along that the impact is felt all across the Doctor Who fandom. And it looks like it’s time to say goodbye to the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor, as current Gallifreyian Peter Capaldi has officially announced his departure from the show. Set attack eyebrows to maximum sadness:

Capaldi will exit the show in the 2017 Christmas special, just like his predecessor Matt Smith did in The Time Of The Doctor in 2013 in his role as the Eleventh Doctor. But before the end comes, Capaldi will still have one more season broadcast this year. Here’s Capaldi’s full statement:

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.

One other big departure this year from Doctor Who as well? Showrunner Steven Moffat, who has held the reins on the series since 2010. He’ll be replaced by Chris “Broadchurch” Chibnall, who’ll kick off the eleventh series of the show with a fresh new face piloting the TARDIS. If you’ve never watched Doctor Who, then the basic gist of the series is that its about a time-travelling alien who jets around the galaxy in a blue box that regularly dropkicks the laws of physics and chronology in the face.

Doctor Who has been around now for over fifty years and is universally despised by its own fans, who have failed to realise after more than a decade since the series was rebooted that the show is aimed at children and adults as they bitch and moan about Clara taking up far too much screen-time. Season 10 of the bloody good sci-fi show about wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff kicks off in April.


Last Updated: January 31, 2017


  1. Wow. I last watched with Matt Smith. Fez’s are still cool. Didn’t even know there was a new Doctor. Now there’s going to be a new new Doctor.


  2. Milesh Bhana

    January 31, 2017 at 10:27

    I had no issue about too much Clara.
    Would love to see a spin-off with Clara and “Me”.

    Sad to see Capaldi go, but not surprised. Wonder who they’ll cast next? Time for those Idris Elba rumours to start up again.


    • Original Heretic

      January 31, 2017 at 10:43

      Or time for a woman doctor?

      Or a ginger, The Doctor REALLY wants to be a ginger.


  3. Original Heretic

    January 31, 2017 at 10:42

    Expected this. 3 seasons per actor seem to be the new norm for The Doctor.

    Loved Capaldi in his stint so far, brought a hard edge to the character, especially after the goofy antics of Tennant and Smith.
    What I am a tad concerned about is the companion in the upcoming season. Hope she’s not as annoying as Donna was.


  4. Tracy Benson

    January 31, 2017 at 12:17

    I am very sad to hear about Capaldi’s departure, he’s my second favourite Doctor. Not so sad about Moffat. Although, I don’t know if I trust Chibnall. Broadchurh – yay. Cyberwoman (Torchwood) – not so yay.


  5. Zoe Hawkins

    January 31, 2017 at 14:50

    So sad about Capaldi, but also keen to see where it goes from here. Could there be a female doctor? or perhaps a ginger? really curious to see just how far the series is willing to go in new seasons.


  6. Grimsupanoob

    January 31, 2017 at 19:17

    Finally..now i can start watching again


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