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Peter Capaldi last appearance of the Doctor will be in the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas special. He has had the role since Matt Smith departed in 2013.

Grumpy outlook

There has been three series of the BBC sci-fi drama with him in charge of the TARDIS. Although his age was much more in keeping with the show’s earlier actors for the role he was given a grumpier outlook that never worked well for many viewers.

The same mistake was made for Colin Baker’s Doctor. Again the production crew thought they emulating William Harnell (the first Doctor) but missed the important warmth that he brought to the character.

To top it all the production crew wrote the part much same no matter who had the role. In Matt Smith’s first season he was amazingly good portraying an older man despite his own youth. In later seasons the pattern of the writing almost forced him into the pattern of his predecessor, David Tenant. Similarly we have seem Peter, all bit with a more grumpier outlook, fall into the same pattern.

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Doctor Who (2000s), 801 “Deep Breath” – Clara (Jenna Coleman) and The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) ©2014 BBC Wordlwide

Peter Capaldi’s announcement

Peter made his leaving announcement on UK’s Jo Whiley show on BBC Radio 2 earlier tonight.

There Peter said: “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.”

Peter Capaldi was unveiled to the nation as the Twelfth Doctor during a special live television event on BBC One.

Under his reign the show has expanded around the world. He took the series on a world tour and has drawn record ratings in BBC America, Canada, and Latin America. The highly anticipated 10th series returns to screens on Easter Saturday after a year’s break! (A very weird delay by the BBC)

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Actors Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman of BBC’s hit show Doctor Who pose at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center on August 15, 2014 in New York City. (Brian Ach/AP Images for BBC)

Tributes to Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi’s final series also marks Showrunner Steven Moffat’s last.

Steven Moffat says: “For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”

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Doctor Who (2000s) Season 10 – The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Bill (Pearl Mackie) ©2016 BBC Worldwide, photo by Ray Burmiston

Peter will be joined in Series 10 by new companion Pearl Mackie (named Bill), and Matt Lucas (Nardole). There will be guest appearances from David Suchet and Michelle Gomez. He has starred alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald, Alex Kingston as River Song, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, as well as Keeley Hawes, Tom Riley, Frank Skinner, Maisie Williams, Joivan Wade and many more. Peter’s Doctor has fought Daleks and Davros, Cybermen, Zygons, new monsters like the Veil and old foes the Time Lords.

Other tributes

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says in the press release of his leaving: “Peter Capaldi will always be a very special Doctor to me; his adventures through time and space started just as I arrived on BBC One. He has been a tremendous Doctor who has brought his own unique wisdom and charisma to the role. But, it’s not over yet – I know the next series is going to be spectacular. He’s a fine actor who I hope we work with again when he leaves the TARDIS”.

Also Brian Minchin, Executive Producer has said: “Peter Capaldi is an extraordinary Doctor and has taken the show to amazing places. Although I’m sad he has decided to move on in 2018 I’m delighted that we have one final series with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. I know what they’re planning and it’s going to be incredible.”

Next on air

Peter Capaldi will be back in the next series for 12 episodes in April 2017. This will be followed later in the year by the Christmas Special when the regeneration will take place.