Peter Capaldi gives update on whether or not he’s leaving ‘Doctor Who’

Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed that he is still unsure if he will stay on as the Doctor after next year’s season.

Capaldi told Wales Online: “I’ve been asked to stay on and I haven’t made my mind up about that yet, mainly because I don’t want to have to make that decision. I’m trying to avoid it!”

The actor says that the greatest influence on his decision will be “how good a time I was having,” adding: “Doctor Who does take a lot of time, but it’s a wonderful use of it.”

He explained: “It’s special. I’m lucky enough to be in touch with other Doctors, and we all agree how extraordinary it is to be in this position. To decide to leave is a tough decision for everybody. [It was] very tough for Steven [Moffat], so I’m just putting it off for as long as possible.”

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It was reported last month that BBC bosses apparently want Doctor Who to feel like “a brand new show” with “a clean slate” when new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over in 2018.

If Capaldi does decide to continue as the Doctor in Season 11, he would celebrate a landmark birthday while playing the role. He joked: “That would be a good way to spend your 60th birthday, don’t you think?”

Doctor Who returns later this month with ‘The Return Of Doctor Mysterio’ at 5.45pm on Christmas Day on BBC One.

Pre-order ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ on DVD on Amazon here.

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Capaldi has played the Doctor since 2013 and  his new co-star Pearl Mackie will make her debut as companion Bill Potts in the first episode of Season 10 next April.

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

Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall was announced as the new lead writer of Doctor Who in January and his first season will launch in 2018.

He has written several previous Doctor Who episodes, such as ’42’, ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’and ‘The Power of Three’. His other writing credits include Torchwood, The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK and Life On Mars.

Here’s everything we know so far about Chris Chibnall’s era.

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