Could Peter Capaldi be leaving ‘Doctor Who’ along with showrunner Steven Moffat after season 10? Steven comes clean about the rumors and explains what’s really going on behind the scenes.
“I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor,” Steven, 54, told Doctor Who Magazine this month. “Peter is loving the role, and long may he do so.”
Steven will be leaving his role as head writer and executive producer at the end of the upcoming tenth season. Many believed that Peter, 58, would exit along with Steven, since former showrunner Russell T Davies, 53, and David Tennant, 45, left the show together in 2010. Peter has no plans to leave the series when Steven does.
“I’ve been asked to stay on [by the BBC],” he told Radio Times. “It’s such a long time before I have to make that decision [about leaving].”
Rumors started swirling that Matt Smith, 33, a.k.a. the Eleventh Doctor, might be returning to the show after Steven said in an interview that Matt missed being on Doctor Who. Matt, who is set to star in Netflix’s upcoming new show The Crown, quickly shut down the rumors.
“I miss everything,” he said in an interview with The Guardian. “I miss Steven, I miss Karen, I miss Arthur, I miss Jenna. I miss time traveling. And I miss my friends in Cardiff. But onward goes the march. It’s Peter’s Tardis now. And I love what he does. So I watch as a fan.”
Doctor Who will return for its annual Christmas special later this year and a new season in 2017. Pearl Mackie, 29, has joined the show as The Doctor’s new companion in season 10. Pearl, whose character’s name is Bill on the show, is replacing Jenna Coleman, 30, who left the series in 2015.
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