Peter Capaldi surprised Doctor Who fans around the world during an interview on BBC’s Radio 2, announcing he was stepping down.
The actor will regenerate during the 2017 Christmas special, officially leaving behind the role he took over from Matt Smith in 2013. There are major changes on the horizon for the show, as Capaldi’s final season pairs him with a new companion, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and will be longtime showrunner Steven Moffat’s final season as well. Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, Broadchurch) will replace Moffat for the 2018 season featuring a brand new Doctor.
Despite strong ratings and a successful run as the 12th Doctor, Capaldi told BBC Radio 2, “I’m always someone that did different things. I’ve never done one job for three years before and I feel it’s time for me to move on to different challenges.” Now the search begins for Doctor number thirteen. I don’t doubt they’ve already got someone in mind.
Peter Capaldi appears in the opening episode of the spin-off series Class, which will presumably air alongside Doctor Who this coming April.
Listen to Capaldi’s revelation below…
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 30, 2017
The new season of Doctor Who hits April 15 on the BBC and BBC America.