Peter Capaldi on ‘Doctor Who’ future: ‘Season 10 could be my final year’

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has hinted that the next season could be his final run of episodes as the Doctor.

The actor joined the show in 2013 as the Twelfth Doctor, with a brief cameo in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ before making his first proper appearance in ‘The Time of the Doctor’.

Capaldi told The Telegraph: “This 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.”

He added: “I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That’s my terrible melancholic nature. When you accept the job you know there will come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.”

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Matt Smith and David Tennant both played the Doctor for three seasons, as did Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton and Sylvester McCoy. Tom Baker remains the longest-serving Doctor, starring in 172 episodes over seven seasons.

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The new season of Doctor Who is expected to begin filming in May and is rumoured to begin airing with 2016’s Christmas special as the opening episode.

> Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

Alex Kingston, who plays River Song, recently revealed that she doesn’t think the next Doctor should be female: “…I just feel – I hope that women aren’t going to hate me for this – the Doctor has to be a guy, actually. I do. Although it would be very interesting for River if it were a woman!”

How long do you think Peter Capaldi should stay for? Let us know below…

  • Kelly Parker

    Fair play to him if there are other projects he wants to do. I just wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.

  • Dr. Moo

    We shouldn’t read too much into it. He’s only saying that he doesn’t know yet, that is all. I hope the 12th Doctor sticks around for some time yet but I do look forward to the day we meet the 13th, just let that day be later rather than sooner.

    • Cryer

      I really hope your right. I desperately want Capaldi to stay for more than 3 years. I would like to see him under a showrunner other than Moffat as well.

      • Dr. Moo

        That would be interesting. Though I’m have no desire to lose Moffat just yet it would give the show greater security for the future if we got a new showrunner while the incumbent Doctor is already established.

      • Tycent


        The time of Moffat should end the next season. Their chapters feel like fillers. And generate a inconsistence in the Doctor Capaldi personality.

  • A J Andy Macks II

    Hold on. Is the end of the article saying it is going to be a full freakin’ year before Series 10 starts?

    • Clare McDonagh

      Yeah I think that is what it said and so we have to wait until Christmas yet again for the Christmas Special and then even that we still have to wait until either the Autumn this year for Series 10 or even worse we need to wait until next year and FYI David Tennant’s 10th Doctor will always be the Doctor that I started watching Doctor Who but Peter is not as bad as Matt Smith

    • Cryer

      That might be what they are saying but it is very unlikely that they know what they’re talking about. The BBC have not released any schedule for series 10 so nobody knows when it will start. I highly doubt it will be as late as this article is implying.

    • The_Eternal_Dalek

      The BBC gave them an order for twelve episodes and a Christmas Special, Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi are signed up for all of it, but the BBC forgot (or haven’t bothered) to tell them when those episodes will go out, so he’s writing episodes without knowing when they’ll go out, or when they need to introduce the new companion.

  • Colin

    I really hope he sticks around. There is only one Doctor I love more than Capaldi’s. It’s his dream job so I don’t think he will leave just yet. I hope he stays at least 5 plus years.

    • That would be terrible. Last time a Doctor stayed longer than 3 seasons/5 years he left the show hating Doctor Who and the public remained convinced for decades later that he was the only Doctor.

  • Chris Mentzer

    I believe three is sufficient. Even Tom Baker admitted that he overstayed in the role and should have left one season earlier.

    • Hailtotheboomstick

      And then when he didn’t come back for the 5 doctors he regrets it to this day sooooo really I don’t think he was all that upset he stayed so long in the end

    • Cryer

      I disagree with Baker on that. He did stay too long but the way his final season worked out was a very good departure for him. I don’t think it would have been anywhere near as good an ending for his Doctor if he had left the previous season.

  • Orkun Köksal

    I really hope he sticks around some more. He is my favorite Doctor second to David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. Episodes became serious again after he joined. No disrespect to Matt Smith but starting from his second year, episodes became too childish and I hated the Ponds -,-

    • Kenny Walters

      Interesting because I felt the opposite. I enjoyed the whimsical Doctor as played by Smith but grew tired of the “playboy” Doctor of Tennant. About the best of Tennant was when he had Donna as his companion because she wasn’t there just trying to get a snog.

  • Line Lévesque

    I hope he sticks around. He’s good at being the doctor. 🙂

  • Colin-Matthew Gunn-Jarrett

    Will be a shame to see Capaldi go. He owns the part. But what happened to his comment “I will stay as long as they have me” so is it the BBC wanting him to go? My money is on his management wanting him to quit.

  • Davey Auzwald

    I hope he give tom baker a run for his money in terms of seasons. He is beyond brilliant. My favorite doctor to date. He is a unbelievably phenomenal actor.

  • Gi-Gi Gaigneur

    I absolutely adore Peter
    Capaldi as the 12th doctor. Lose him or add a female doctor and I am out of here. I have watched this show since childhood and was not sure how a modern interpretation would be, but I LOVE it. Do NOT change a thing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Valerie Schreiner

    I hope he stays a bit longer than three. Enjoying his Doctor so much and feeling like we are just getting to know him. Will always be my favourite no matter how long his tenure.

  • Dirty Old Man

    Peter has gown on me as the Doctor. Three years seems about average for an actor to stay in the role. If he stays another season or two, great. If not, I look forward to the next iteration. However, if Peter does leave I think it may be time for Steven Moffat to find a replacement to run the show as well. David and Russell T. Davies left at the sane time.

  • Mat Greenfield

    I really didn’t like series 8, but series 9 has been my favourite of the revival, so I don’t really count Capaldi’s first series as a proper go for HIS Doctor. Thus I hope he stays on for as long as possible so we can dilute the “Malcolm Tucker in space” Doctor of series 8 with as much “Doctor Disco” as possible.

  • Who 01/09 (10kcooper)

    I would love for him to stay for at least another 2 series. 3 series is just a a pattern and then we can see when the next Doctor will come which doesn’t hold much surprise or do anything new. I love Capaldi he’s my favorite. The thing with smith and tennant was that to me the 10th doctor had some not so good sounding stories but they were written amazingly and with the 11th doctor he had great sounding stories but they weren’t that brilliantly written, with 12th we get both together, good ideas written good… stay longer number 12!!!

  • John McJohnson

    No Peter don’t go!

  • Mat Greenfield

    Hold the TARDIS phone…series 10 begins filming in May?! So we won’t get it until after next Christmas in all likelihood. Oh son of a biscuit!

  • Tazmon L’vis Sims

    I love how “Doctor Who” fans take every opportunity to complain about something…..I get it Capaldi may leave after next season and instead of celebrating what a great job he has done…..let’s instead take this time to bash Tenant, Smith or Moffat……don’t forget River, Amy, Clara and Rose……someone will talk out how great Donna was, but I remember how much people complained about her too (she’s too loud, a comedian will never work)…..You have become caricatures of fans……hope things get better in your life and you find some happiness…..thank you Peter Capaldi… have been fantastic……no one talks about Martha…….they must really hate her…..

    • Cryer

      There is a difference between critique and bashing. Just so you know.

      • Tazmon L’vis Sims

        Yes, I do… make a critique, one has to offer a substantive pro and con perspective of what they are witnessing…..this is “Doctor Who” the vast majority of fans would love to have a conversation about the merits of certain aspects of this show….you can’t have a conversation with “I hate the Ponds”, “Moffat is stupid” or “the old show was better”……those are not critiques, those are personal feelings, which leads back to my initial statement…..

  • Hailtotheboomstick

    I really would love for him to stay. I love his doctor, he instantly became my favorite from the moment he showed up screaming “kidneys!”. I love all the doctors past and present, Pertwee and Eccelston used to be number 1 and 2 respectively, until Capaldi. He’s stolen the show for me, and would love to see him do at least two more series. However should he leave, I say this now, he’s going to be hard to beat and I’m probably going to be unwelcoming to 13 off the bat because to me, Capaldi IS the doctor.

  • Joe La Fata

    I hope not..We my wife and I really enjoy him as the DR…….

  • Rob Andrews

    I’ll be happy to see him go.. John Hurt had more energy than Capaldi has had..

  • Peter Vinton, Jr.

    Selfishly I want Capaldi to break Tom Baker’s record.

  • Rozz

    I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since I was 12 years old. Read every book I could get my hands on since then. Peter is by far the best actor to play the true Doctor as I know and love. He has made Doctor Who worth watching on the telly again. You rock, Twelve. Please don’t leave the show. I don’t think i’ll watch if you do.

  • Ella

    I hope he does Pertwee´s five years. He is a brilliant Doctor, my favourite, and it feels as if he only just started.

  • That River Gal

    My takeaway from this whole thing is they said the Christmas 2016 special will be the season opener. Umm…hello!?!?! Don’t make us wait an entire year.

  • Renee Plunket

    It’s funny I started watching Dr Who during the Tennant era, when they announced Matt Smith was going to play him I said oh no that will never work but guess what? I loved him. Same with Capaldi.
    I have since watched a lot of ‘old who’ and every Dr has brought something to the role. I’ve been able to see where new Drs have gotten certain mannerisms from older ones.
    As to companions? I will always have a soft spot for Clara but have enjoyed all the others.
    If you are to be a fan, be one all the way.

  • Kane Ramsey

    no capaldi should stay for longer as lets say we got to the 75th doctor it would be a two big number for us to remember all the doctors and past ad all that so we need doctors that are staying for 4-5 seasons. PLEASE LISTEN DOCTOR WHO!!!!

  • alford

    Bertie Carvel would make a fantastic doctor or Tobias Menzies.