BBC sci-fi drama series, Doctor Who is about to experience a new Time Lord as Peter Capaldi has announced that he is leaving the show.
During an interview with BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley on Monday, Capaldi, 58, surprised fans with the announcement.
According to the actor, it’s time to broaden his horizon.
“I’ve never done one job for three years before and I feel it’s time for me to move on to different challenges,” he said.
Capaldi who became the 12th actor to play The Doctor in 2013, said he will leave Doctor Who at the end of the year.
Thus, after three seasons of playing the space and time traveler, Capaldi will exit the British science fiction series at the end of 2017
He said he was asked to stay on after his contract ran out. Nevertheless, he felt it was time to move on to other challenges after the forthcoming tenth series.
Nonetheless, the Scottish actor remains grateful for everything he gained during his time on the drama series.
“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.”
Meanwhile, a little drama seems to surround his exit from Doctor Who which comes after a dramatic viewership loss for the science fiction series in the past few seasons. Consequently, Peter Capaldi blamed the viewership loss on BBC for moving the show to a later timeslot and for “undoubtedly” taking it for granted.
The Scottish actor will finish out the year at Doctor Who as his last episode will be shown during Christmas. Afterwards, The new season of Doctor Who will start in April.
Capaldi revealed to the BBC radio presenter that his upcoming last season of Doctor Who will be “a huge event.” Viewers should expect an “unexpected” turn of events on the show. The new season will “roll along in a vintage way” but it turns dark and emotional towards the end.
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Peter Capaldi is the fourth actor to play Doctor Who since the BBC relaunched the sci-fi series in 2005. His exit had viewers wondering who the 13th Doctor will be. In fact, there have been calls for the BBC to finally cast a woman or a black man in the iconic Time Lord role.