Peter Capaldi Has Been Asked To Stay With Doctor Who After Moffat Leaves

Peter Capaldi Has Been Asked to Stay With Doctor Who After Moffat Leaves

Ever since it was announced that season 10 of Doctor Who will be showrunner Steven Moffat's last, doubts have been cast over the longevity of Peter Capaldi's tenure as the titular Time Lord. Hell, those rumours have actually been swirling around for even longer than that. But apparently the BBC wants Capaldi around for a while longer. The actor has confirmed to the Radio Times that the BBC has asked him to stay on as the Twelfth Doctor for at least the show's eleventh season, which will be the first under the auspices of Chris Chibnall. This isn't a solid confirmation of Capaldi's intent to stay on. Indeed, the actor went out of his way to clarify it's not an offer he's quite accepted yet:

I've been asked to stay on, but it's such a long time before I have to make that decision. Steven's been absolutely wonderful, so I love working with him. Chris is fantastic, and I think he's a hugely talented guy.

I don't know where the show's gonna go then. I don't know. I have to make up my mind, and I haven't yet.

This isn't actually a new scenario for Who. The last time the series switched showrunners in 2009, David Tennant was asked by the BBC and Moffat to stay on after the departure of Russell T. Davies, and for a good while was going to. Moffat even had plans for a final year for the Tenth Doctor that would have still included Amy Pond as his new companion. But then the actor changed his mind, paving the way for a new Doctor to kick off Moffat's run on the show.

Still, for those who hoping to see the Twelfth Doctor become the longest-running modern incarnation of the universe's favourite Time Lord, this isn't bad news at all. It's just not a guarantee.

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    i'm all for this.
    though i much preferred his character in season 9 over season 8, so i hope they stick with that.
    less grumpy old man, more fun & snarky.
    also, hope they go back to the hoodie / jacket combo. each doctor needs something iconic & 12's black suit just doesn't cut it.

    Nah, not a fan of Capaldi's Doctor I'm afraid, too abrasive for my liking. Plus some of the story lines from the last series were questionable and seemed like the writers were just phoning it in.

    I hope he stays, I feel like he hasn't been given the chance to shine yet. I've found the writing of his seasons to be pretty poor.

      Agreed. I haven't been blown away by anything much of Capaldi's seasons but I don't feel that is his failing. He is a cool doctor, just the stories and motives feel a bit lackluster.
      I do love Missy though.... Want more of her for sure!

      Me too! I feel that he has not quite been given a chance to shine and that his character has some good potential. Also I reckon that Doctor Who is more about the Doctors companion than the man himself and Clara's role should have been finished up long ago with her impossible girl story line.

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