Peter Capaldi Could Stay On For A Post-Moffat Season Of Doctor Who

Amidst cries of “Please don’t go” and “Dear god, you can’t leave us now” Peter Capaldi has said (in the vaguest terms possible) he might not time his departure from Doctor Who to coincide with that of showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat, who has worked on the series since its reboot in 2005, is leaving after he completes his tenth season on the show.


With Chris Chibnall taking over for Moffat after his final, 12-episode season (set to air in 2017), the question of whether or not Capaldi’s tenure as the Twelfth Doctor would also end at the same time was asked almost immediately. Turns out that everyone at the BBC would like Capaldi to stick around. But will he?


“I’ve been asked to stay on,” the actor said in a recent interview, “but it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision. Steven’s been absolutely wonderful, so I love working with him. Chris is fantastic, and I think he’s a hugely talented guy.”

Hmm, it’s all sounding a tad non-committal, right? Since we’ve got at least another 18 months to speculate, here’s our dark horse theory about the new showrunner’s takeover and the possibility of a Thirteenth Doctor: the decision will be left to Capaldi, but when he does decide to make his exit, Chibnall will bring in an actor who he knows he can work with. Perhaps someone he’s worked with before. Maybe someone from the cast of his current show, Broadchurch. Someone like… David Tennant?


Or not.