Peter Capaldi to end Doctor Who run at Christmas

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Say goodbye to The Eyebrows: There will be a new Time Lord in the TARDIS when Chris Chibnall takes over as Doctor Who showrunner in 2018.

The BBC announced Monday that current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has chosen to move on. It was previously reported that the network had asked him to remain.

In a statement released by BBC America, Capaldi spoke about his decision:

“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

Along with current head producer Steven Moffat, the Twelfth Doctor will end his run with the show’s 2017 Christmas special after the upcoming 10th series.

Moffat himself promised the best is yet to come:

“For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!”

BBC America’s announcement said Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy (formerly The Master) and Poirot star David Suchet would have guest appearances in the coming season, along with new series regulars Pearl Mackie as companion Bill and Matt Lucas as TARDIS valet Nardole.

Who will fill his shoes? Will new companion Bill stay on? Let the spec-Who-lation begin …

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