For the past several months, there has been speculation aplenty when it comes to the future of Peter Capaldi as the lead of “Doctor Who.” Typically, Doctors on this show last a few seasons at most, and with showrunner Steven Moffat leaving after the 2017 Christmas Special, there of course has been plenty of speculation that new executive producer Chris Chibnall could start things off with a clean slate, at least in terms of an all-new Doctor.
However, that may not be the case at all. For one, Pearl Mackie could still be on board as the new Companion given that Bill will have only been on for a season at around that time; also, Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine that he does not think at present that he is writing Peter’s regeneration scene:
“I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor! Peter is loving the role, and long may he do so.”
Obviously, one thing that is definitely worth noting at the moment is that things can obviously change between now and then. After all, we are writing in the summer of 2016 about things that are going to happen at the end of 2017, and that’s a lot of time for some different decisions to be made. We are therefore operating from the vantage point of “wait and see.” The last thing you want to do is get your hopes up that Peter will be around for another season. We do think that change is inevitable for this sort of series; yet, at the same exact time we do feel like Capaldi is a tremendous Doctor and we are in no hurry to say farewell to him.
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