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Peter Capaldi Confirms His Departure From ‘Doctor Who’

Given that Chris Chibnall will be replacing longtime Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat at the end of the season, it comes as no great surprise that Peter Capaldi would choose the 2017 Christmas Special to end his tenor as the 12th Doctor. The BBC has confirmed the news:

Though Capaldi was asked to remain in the role after Moffat’s departure, he is ready to move on from his dream role. His full statement reads:

“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.”

I have to say that I’m sad to see Capaldi go. I’ve enjoyed his time as the Doctor—he brought a gravitas to the role. But, I’ll postpone being bummed about this because it’s not over yet!

Well, get to it then. You know—the favorite pastime of all Doctor Who fans. Who’s going to be next? Odds are they’ll go back to a younger Doctor. So Ben Whishaw? Will they finally go ginger with Rupert Grint? How about a woman? Hayley Atwell perhaps? We shall find out soon enough.

(BBC via io9)

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