Doctor Who Series 8
The end of an era. ©BBC

Four years after he replaced Matt Smith and became the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi is leaving the long-running Doctor Who. He told BBC Radio 2 that the upcoming third season, which premieres in the spring, will be his last:

“This will be the end for me. I feel sad. I love Doctor Who. It’s a fantastic program to work on and it’s been a huge pleasure to work with a family, really. I can’t praise the people I’ve worked with more highly. But I’ve always been somebody that did a lot of different things. I’ve never done one job for three years. This is the first time I’ve done this and I feel that it’s time for me to move on to different challenges.”

Like Matt Smith, the 58-year-old was asked to continue in the role but declined as he felt he could no longer give it his best. Meanwhile, filming on Series 10 is still ongoing and the key regeneration scene has yet to be filmed. Capaldi also revealed that the last time fans will see him as the Doctor is in this year’s Christmas special.

No word yet on who will become the 13th Doctor, but we’re rooting for a woman or a person of colour (Idris Elba has been an oft-cited name but we’d prefer a newcomer or unknown).

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