It's that time again for Doctor Who fans to start picking out replacements for the current star of the BBC series. We say this because Peter Capaldi, who portrays the 12th Doctor in the popular series, has revealed that season 10 could be his final string of episodes, ending in 2016, due to his want to explore other projects. This isn't surprising; especially considering his predecessor's cited the same reason for eventually quitting the series. Read more on this news below.
Capaldi replaced Matt Smith in 2013 and has starred in the Steven Moffat series for two seasons, with two Christmas specials officially under his belt. Will his third season as the Time-Lord be his last?
"This could be my final year. I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over," he told the Telegraph, according to UPROXX. "But I knew that when I started. I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That's my terrible melancholic nature. When you accept the job you know there'll come a day, inevitably, when you'll be saying goodbye."
Matt Smith said something similar right before he announced his departure, so we might be saying goodbye to 12 in an upcoming episode - though we have to wait more than half a year until we can watch the new adventures.
As fans of the series know, this isn't exactly a bad piece of news. When one Doctor leaves, another is quickly in line to replace him and it sounds like Capaldi is excited to see who else continues the tradition after him.
"Every Doctor should be different from the last one. If you want exclusively young, sexy guys, to me that's not Doctor Who," he said. "You want occasional ones like that - but then some other eccentrics. I always think that if you're Doctor Who, somebody somewhere's going to love you. That's comfort. But if people don't like me there'll be another one along in a minute. It's only Doctor Who - and I say that with the greatest of respect and affection"