With Steven Moffat passing the head writer torch to Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall, so too could Peter Capaldi be passing on the moniker of The Doctor to a new actor, at the end of the 2017 series.
The potential move comes as BBC executives try to give Chibnall a fresh start and his own Doctor, according to a source provided by the Mirror.
“Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven leaves. They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor. They hope he will be able to find someone who can have the same impact as Matt Smith did when Steven Moffat kicked off his run as executive producer.”
The other reason the move would be so convenient is that, Peter Capaldi’s contract only goes through 2017. Meaning, it wouldn’t be hard to simply not extend him.
As much as I’ve loved Capaldi’s run, it makes sense to move on from him so Chibnall can have his Doctor. David Tennant left with Russell T. Davies back in 2009. Moffat got to bring his own Doctor with Matt Smith. It’s only fair that Chibnall be afforded the same opportunity.
This does bring up a very interesting topic of conversation, though. Who would be the next Doctor? Back when Smith was leaving the show, fans had begun clamoring for a more diverse Doctor. There are many who would like to see a female or a black Doctor. Only time will tell what Chibnall will decide but we believe the answer to this question will likely come as the year goes on.
Nevertheless, if this is to pass, Peter Capaldi will be sorely missed.
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