Capaldi no more? Chibnall’s ‘Doctor Who’ to have ‘clean slate’ in 2018

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BBC bosses apparently want Doctor Who to feel like “a brand new show” when new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over in 2018.

According to The Mirror, the shake-up will see Peter Capaldi and new co-star Pearl Mackie departing as the Twelfth Doctor his new companion, allowing Chibnall a “clean slate” for his era.

Capaldi has played the Doctor since 2013 and Mackie will make her debut as Bill Potts in the first episode of Season 10 next April.

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

An insider source is quoted as saying: “BBC management wants a return to the format from the David Tennant era, when you had a dashing male lead and young female companion. Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”

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Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall was announced as the new lead writer of Doctor Who in January and his first season will launch in 2018.

He has written several previous Doctor Who episodes, such as ’42’, ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’and ‘The Power of Three’. His other writing credits include Torchwood, The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK and Life On Mars.

Chibnall commented earlier this year: “I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.”

Here’s everything we know so far about Chris Chibnall’s era.

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