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Peter Capaldi announces he is to depart Doctor Who this year

This evening, Peter Capaldi, announced on Jo Whiley's Radio 2 show that this will be his final year playing the Twelfth Doctor. He is set to depart at the same time that current show runner, Steven Moffat steps down.

Capaldi first joined Doctor Who, taking over from Matt Smith at the end of 2013. His first season was in 2014 and by the time he leaves he'll have played the Timelord for four years including the Who-light 2016 which only saw one new episode.

Doctor Who returns this Spring for 13 episodes and then Steven Moffat's last episode will be the 2017 Christmas Special which, we presume, will also be Peter's last. Chris Chibnall will be taking over as show runner in 2018 with a brand new Doctor to launch the newest era in the show.


The official Doctor Who Twitter account confirms that Capaldi's final episode will be this Christmas. Whether or not we get to see who'll be taking over from him in the same episode is yet to be confirmed...

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The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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