‘Doctor Who’ exec says it looks like Capaldi is staying for Season 11

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that he currently believes Peter Capaldi will continue playing the Doctor beyond the end of the next season.

Capaldi joined as the Twelfth Doctor in 2013 and Season 10 will be his third season in the role.

Matt Smith and David Tennant both played the Doctor for three full seasons, as did Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton and Sylvester McCoy. Tom Baker remains the longest-serving Doctor, starring in 172 episodes over seven seasons.

Moffat told the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine: “I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor!”

He added: “Peter is loving the role, and long may he do so.”

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Capaldi had previously commented: “[Season 10] could be my final year. It’s terrifying. I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over. But I knew that when I started.”

Season 10 began production in Cardiff in June, with Pearl Mackie joining Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as new companion Bill and comedian Matt Lucas returning as Nardole.

Production on the first block of filming finished last week, with Capaldi and Mackie shooting Episode 2 on location in Valencia, Spain.

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Season 10 will air on BBC One in spring 2017.

> Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

Do you hope Peter Capaldi will stay for Season 11? Let us know below…

  • Christopher F.

    Come on Peter, you’ve had a good career and you’re close to being where you can retire (should you so choose). No worries about typcasting or not being able to get a different role later for you, so ride Doctor Who all the way to the end!

  • SaoSea

    I hope Peter stays. I want to see more of my favorite Doctor.

  • Bruno de Luca

    Well I think he should! Peter’s Doctor is just starting, it wouldn’t be helpful to the character or the show to stop now, even if he had done 3 full seasons. Regenerating now would do no good..

  • Lois Leader

    Best news I’ve had all day. Long may the Twelfth Doctor reign!

  • CaptainFabulous

    He only does what, 12-13 episodes a year? Doesn’t that give him plenty of time to do other things?

    • James Jeans

      The show runs on a 9 month shooting schedule (series 9 began filming on January 5th 2015 and wrapped on September 25th 2015) so he only gets three months off per year, and most of that is spent traveling the world to promote the show. The BBC sends him all over the place.

      Word has it that part of the reason series 10 was delayed into 2017 was so that Capaldi could go and direct a couple of episodes of Veep in between production blocks, thus letting him flex his creative muscle a little and satisfying his desire to do other work.

  • russell

    I would be thrilled if Peter were to remain for the whole of series 11 ( if not more ). At last! For the first time since the show returned in 2005 – we will get to see the lead actor working with an entirely different showrunner! Brilliant.

  • shots1

    Please stay Peter, thoroughly enjoy his portrayal of the Doctor, mesmerising and totally believable. Really need an actor who wants to invest a creditable amount of time to the character, bit fed up with 1-4 years being enough. More than happy with a series every other year to allow Peter to do other projects, makes it more special too.

  • Wisconsingal

    Please stay Peter. Best actor in the role and finally the show can stand tall with the best BBC and HBO dramas. Totally robbed of BAFTA last year. Season 9 was stunningly good writing and acting. Heaven Sent alone was the greatest single episode in Who history and in addition we got all time classics like Magician/Witch, the Zygon two parter and Hell Bent. Moffat and Capaldi are one of the greatest actor/writer combos on television but leaving an untried Chibnall without the show’s greatest asset – Peter’s Doctor – is just nuts. It is going to be hard enough for the show to lose the greatest writer it has ever had, but to lose its greatest Doctor at the same time? Lunacy!!!!

    • JenniferK

      Last series was spectacular. BAFTA is nuts as you say. Clearly didn’t watch Peter’s submission. Maybe next year but Peter will have to battle the mighty Cumberbatch and Freeman. Series 4 Sherlock could just about rival series 10 Who based on Moffat’s teasers. It really looks good too. We are so lucky to have both shows at the top of their game.

  • JenniferK

    Another vote for staying on. Peter’s interpretation of the doctor is so incredibly rich that I feel as though we only are beginning to understand him. I have been in awe of his acting from the first moment we saw him. After three ok Doctors with Matt Smith the only one who effectively sold the doctor as an eccentric time travelling alien but to be fair to Eccleston and Tennant, he was the only one who had consistently good writing and a real vision of the character’s arc, it was a revelation with Peter to have an actor who just completely understood the role and had the kind of acting chops to carry it off sublimely. Although series 8 was pretty good and Listen is one of my all time favourites, it really wasn’t until Dark Water that I think we got writing to match his acting (Listen aside). Series 9 though has been spectacularly good with Peter doing things in the role no other actor, not even the magnificent Matt, can come close to and all of the writing being exceptionally strong, well maybe Sleep No More was the only slightly weak note. Best series in new Who even edging out series 5. Peter and Moffat are on a roll and I can’t wait for series 10. I know it will be mindblowing. While I understand and share people’s concerns about Chibnall, as long as Peter is there during the transition, I think the show can survive the loss of Moffat’s singular vision and let’s face it – genius. My only regret will be missing a Moffat penned regeneration for 12 but hopefully Chibnall is selfless and open minded enough to let Moffat return to do proper justice to what could end up being the greatest episode in the history of the show, well up there with Day of the Doctor, Listen and Heaven Sent/Hell Bent at least. So, two big thumbs up from me for series 11 and maybe more for Capaldi, the ultimate Doctor.

  • Jeanne

    no, I want David Tennant back!

    • Dr. Moo

      Doesn’t work like that. David hasn’t been the incumbent Doctor for more than half a decade now, he’s moved on and so should you accept that’s he’s gone.

      If you want to see the Tenth Doctor back then that’s why series 2, 3, 4 and the specials years are available to buy and/or stream. Plus there’s some excellent work from Big Finish and Titan Comics that you should check out. As far as TV’s concerned he’s not coming back, it would be an insult to the Tenth Doctor if he did.

      • Tammy Volovnik

        True Dr. Moo in regards of the Tenth Doctor coming back would be an insult but one thing they can do and I will say it again. David Tennant can come back not as the 10th Doctor but as the Meta- Crisis Doctor. I would love to see David Tenant and Peter Calpaldi on screen together of a face off. It would be a awesome storyline to pull off.

        • Dr. Moo

          Does the average member of the viewing public remember the Meta-Crisis Doctor? I think not! Thus I would suggest such a concept is best left to the fanfic writers.
          That said, a multi-Doctor event between the Tenth & Twelfth would be something. All we need is a decent excuse for it and then the magic can happen!

  • Dan Krantz

    I think it’s great. I’d like to see him go as long as Tom Baker did in the role.

  • Dr. Moo

    Jon Pertwee did five seasons and that was the optimum amount. I’d like to see that equalled if not beaten. Let’s see if we can hit Tom Baker’s record!

  • HZ1

    It is up to Peter of course but surely Peter leaving just when a new showrunner arrives about whom there is already a lot of questions based on his very average writing record, particularly for Who, it would be best to not alienate the existing viewers. People in the UK seem to obsess about a small drop in viewership there, which the BBC have pretty well admitted is mostly down to them dropping the ball last year and giving no promotion or support to the show and scheduling it way too late and against the World Cup. They ignore that everywhere else in the world the show continues to break viewing records and that many more people watch and love the show around the world now than at any other time and for them Peter is THEIR doctor and they have only known Moffat’s vision of the show.

    Why take that away in one go when it would make much more sense to transition more slowly to Chibnall. Besides last series was the most acclaimed critically in new Who, with Peter being touted for an Emmy, Michelle being nominated for a BAFTA and being the best reviewed sci fi/fantasy show on Rotten Tomatoes based on their accumulation of all reviews globally. There are enough question marks about whether Chibnall is up to taking over running the show, so why would you throw out your greatest asset?

  • Lore

    I’d love at least 1 season with him and Chris. Capaldi is an amazing actor, he does great with crap… and amazing with material to work with.

    Even with some of his eps being the worst written, he’s my current fave. (Never had access to Who, so 9 was my fave, then 1 once I starred original Who, he’s tied with 1)

    If he decided to try to break Tom Baker’s record I wouldn’t mind…

  • Paul Kelly

    Absolutely. He needs to stay for four seasons. Three years is too short. Four is great and just think of the adventures of the adventures he will have. This will continue to deepen an already very solid tenure. Great news.

  • Capaldi was the first Doctor that I have stayed with since the beginning, and it feels too early for me to say goodbye, especially since his personality is similar yet so different than the other Doctors. Critics can say that Capaldi is very different and that its enough for his journey, but I’d say it only began. So excited tho~~~~

  • WhouffaldiIsLife

    All hail Peter Capaldi! Possibly the best Doctor of the reboot so far!

  • I really don’t want Peter Capaldi to leave any time soon. There’s so many oppurtunities to expand Twelve’s character with Chibnall and make it feel like he’s really had an ERA as opposed to the confused mess of great and awful that’s characterised his tenure thus far. Some actors have stuck with their series for around ten years, so I’d love to see Peter do that and actually beat Tom Baker!

    Besides, he’s been the first Doctor I’ve followed in real-time. His regeneration will just kill me.