Peter Capaldi has announced that the upcoming series of long-running BBC program ‘Doctor Who’ would be his last. He made the announcement during an interview with Jo Whiley on the the radio program ‘An Evening In‘.
“I’ve never done one job for three years,” Capaldi said “and I feel it’s sort of time for me to move on.” Asked by an obviously surprised Whiley how he felt about it, Capaldi went on to say “I feel sad. Sad but rather wonderful. What a privilege to have done this.” He refused to be drawn on further details (obviously no word on who’s to replace him) promising instead that the series will “…roll along in a vintage kind of way… all the sort of stuff that you love in Doctor Who. But there is a kind of… darker thing that emerges toward the end.”
Given that this will be the 10th official season since the show’s resurrection back in 2005, one wonders if there will be any nods to that fact. A reappearance of Matt Smith and/or David Tennant, perhaps? A full-on proper episode for 8th Doctor Paul McGann, possibly? A giant, Russell T. Davies-style reunion of all the Moffat-era characters? Capaldi was, predictably, mum on these possibilities.
Capaldi confirmed that he had been asked to stay on by the higher-ups but opted to not renew his contract. “I thought, I love this. But I don’t know how long I can do it and give it my best. And if I can’t give it my best I don’t want to do it.” Capaldi also had nothing but love for the show and the Doctor Who team. “It’s a fantastic program to work on. It’s been a huge pleasure to work with a family, really. I can’t praise the people I work with more highly.”
Speaking of the show that he himself has been a near life-long fan of, Capaldi stated: “There will never be anything that’s been more special to me… It’s a good thing in the world, I think.”
Capaldi did reveal that his final episode will be the 2017 Christmas episode. So I’ll be sure to stock up on tissues to wipe away the inevitable tears. Capaldi has been a remarkable incarnation of The Doctor. He shepherded the series from the murky end of Matt Smith’s tenure into the bright triumphs of last season’s final three episodes, and he did it all while being a superb ambassador for the part in the real world.
Whoever the new Doctor is, they’ll have a hard time beating “New kidneys! I Don’t like the colour!” as a first line.
We here at Echoba.se wish him all the best.