Doctor Who season 10 will be Peter Capaldi’s last, according to a surprise tweet by the official Doctor Who account.
The official Doctor Who account announced the news this afternoon in a tweet:
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 30, 2017
“It (the new series of Doctor Who) will be my last… I feel it’s time to move on,” says the tweet heard ’round the world. This has left fans surprised, but not speechless.
The news was officially announced by Capaldi himself on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show Monday night.
Speaking about his departure, 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.”
Exactly one year ago we had worries that Capaldi might be leaving, and now the news is official. The timing of this couldn’t be any more perfect though, if you ask us!
Season 10 is also showrunner Steven Moffat’s last, which means that when Chris Chibnall takes over, Doctor Who will have a new showrunner, new Doctor and probably a whole new feel. We welcome these changes with open arms and look forward to seeing what Chibnall will do with a whole new slate.
If you’re feeling some deja vu, you’re not alone. The last time Doctor Who changed showrunners was when Russell T. Davies gave the reins to Steven Moffat in 2010. He, too, got to work with a new Doctor, and a new companion.
There’s no word on whether or not Pearl Mackie, who plays Bill in the upcoming season 10, will leave along with Capaldi, but since season 10 will be her first, we can imagine she’ll stick it out and join a new Doctor in season 11.
In addition to working on Broadchurch, Chibnall has written five Doctor Who episodes starring a variety of Doctors: “The Power of Three,” “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” “Cold Blood,” “The Hungry Earth,” and “42.” On top of that, he wrote eight episodes of Torchwood where he served double duty as a producer. Just about all of these episodes could be called fan-favorites, including the tearjerker, “Exit Wounds.”
‘Doctor Who’ season 10 returns this spring
Are you excited for all of these Doctor Who changes? Let us know which you’re looking forward to and which ones you’re dreading!