News has broken that the next series of Doctor Who will be Peter Capaldi’s last. The series begins on 15th April 2017 and Capaldi will be leaving at Christmas 2017. The internet (or a corner of it, anyway) has gone into meltdown already, speculating on who will be next to take on the iconic role. This next series of Doctor Who will also be Steven Moffat’s last as showrunner, drawing the curtain on a rather divisive run at the helm. New showrunner Chris Chibnall will take over duties from 2018, it is believed.
The news of Capaldi’s departure doesn’t really come as a surprise to anyone following goings on behind the scenes; it was always assumed that Chibnall would be left a relatively clean slate, as Moffat was when Russell T Davies left the show in 2010. Whether new companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, will be bridging the gap between Doctors is unknown. We haven’t even seen her in action on the show yet and have little idea of how much of a future the character will have.
I’ll end by asking you something you’ve already asked yourself – you know you have! – and it’s this: Who do YOU want to be the Thirteenth Doctor? Comment below.