Regeneration is soon upon Doctor Who.
In addition to Steven Moffat stepping down as showrunner after the latest series of Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi will also be exiting his role as the titular hero.
Having taken control of the TARDIS since 2013, Calpadi became the 12th incarnation of the hero at the center of the longest running sci-fi show in the history of the world. Capaldi had been a massive fan of the show ever since childhood and finally realized a lifelong fantasy when taking over from previous Doctor, Matt Smith.
On his decision to walk away Capaldi said:
“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”
In the wake of Capaldi’s announcement, Moffat himself released a statement. Saying that:
“For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peter’s amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”
Joining Capaldi along for his final run on Doctor Who is the newest companion Bill played by Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucase reprising his role as Nardole from the recent Christmas specials.
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