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Peter Capaldi Explains Why He's Departing 'Doctor Who' After Four Years

Capaldi announced that he will be stepping down as the Doctor and will be bowing out of 'Doctor Who' on Christmas Day, 2017.

By Lewis JefferiesPublished 6 years ago 1 min read
'Doctor Who' [Credit: BBC]

Excluding his extremely brief appearance in "The Day of the Doctor," #PeterCapaldi first appeared as the Doctor when Matt Smith's incarnation of the Doctor regenerated in 2013. Ever since then, Capaldi has faced many old foes alongside new villains across what will be four years as the Doctor.

Back in January, Capaldi announced on live radio that he will be stepping down as the Doctor and will be bowing out of Doctor Who on Christmas Day 2017, which is when the current showrunner, Steven Moffat, is also departing.

In a recent interview with Empire, Capaldi has finally broken the silence and has revealed his reason behind quitting the iconic role as the Doctor. His explanation may come across as a surprise to you.

What Is The Main Reason Why Capaldi Is Bowing Out Of 'Doctor Who'?

'Doctor Who' [Credit: BBC]

While filming for the upcoming tenth series in Cardiff, Empire caught up with Capaldi to discuss why he has sadly chosen to hand the TARDIS to someone else. Here's what Capaldi said:

“The terrible thing is, the moment you get the job you know you’re going to have to leave it. That might just be part of my doomy, melancholic nature, but as soon as I became the Doctor I immediately propelled my mind to this spot. But that’s fine. I’ve never really done anything for three or four years — it’s not my style really.”

Despite Capaldi announcing his resignation from Doctor Who, let's remember we still have one more series to enjoy with him as the main lead. But when exactly is the new series actually going to start? Following Doctor Who's big break in 2016, and only having a Christmas Special, Series 10 of the show was announced for Spring 2017. However, it has now been confirmed that the show will return to BBC One and BBC America on Saturday, April 15th! So put the date in your diary.

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About the Creator

Lewis Jefferies

MA Media and Communication graduate from the University of Portsmouth - Massive Doctor Who Fan.

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