Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that he currently believes Peter Capaldi will continue playing the Doctor beyond the end of the next season.
Capaldi joined as the Twelfth Doctor in 2013 and Season 10 will be his third season in the role.
Matt Smith and David Tennant both played the Doctor for three full seasons, as did Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton and Sylvester McCoy. Tom Baker remains the longest-serving Doctor, starring in 172 episodes over seven seasons.
Moffat told the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine: “I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor!”
He added: “Peter is loving the role, and long may he do so.”
Capaldi had previously commented: “[Season 10] could be my final year. It’s terrifying. I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over. But I knew that when I started.”
Production on the first block of filming finished last week, with Capaldi and Mackie shooting Episode 2 on location in Valencia, Spain.
Season 10 will air on BBC One in spring 2017.
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