Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor on British sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” has revealed that he has been asked to stay on as the show’s titular character after the current showrunner, Steven Moffat, leaves the series in 2017.
Moffat, who has written for “Doctor Who” since the cult favorite’s return to television in 2005, has served as the series’ showrunner, executive producer, and lead writer since 2010. In January, he announced that he will be stepping down from his showrunner post in 2017, after the 10th season of “Doctor Who.” “Broadchurch” creator Chris Chibnall will take over as showrunner after Moffat’s departure.
Capaldi, who plays the 12th incarnation of the time-travelling Doctor, took over from Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor, for the revived show’s season 8. Before being cast in the lead role in the long-running series, the actor/director was best known for his work on “The Thick of It” and “The Hour,” among various other British television programs.
In a recent interview with London’s Radio Times, Capaldi revealed that he has been asked by the BBC to return for the new season, but that he is unsure if he will do so.
“I’ve been asked to stay on,” the actor said, “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. As Steven will tell you, it’s very difficult to say goodbye.”
Capaldi also confirmed to Edi Stark on the BBC Radio Scotland’s “Janice Forsyth Show” that he has been asked to return for the 11th season of “Doctor Who,” but said that he doesn’t want to make that decision just yet.
“They’ve asked me to stay on, so when I am forced to make that decision, I will make it,” he said (via Digital Spy).
“Doctor Who” season 10 will air in 2017. Prior to that, Capaldi will appear in the annual “Doctor Who” Christmas Special, which will air on Christmas Day 2016.