Doctor Who fans are living in a prolonged state of uncertainty. With Jenna Coleman’s exit from the series, the Doctor is currently without a companion. On top of that, showrunner Steven Moffat announced that he will depart the show following Series 10 in 2017, his sixth series as showrunner.
The departure of a showrunner immediately leads to questions about the tenure of the actor currently playing the Doctor. When Russell T. Davies left Doctor Who, then star David Tennant followed him out. Will Capaldi, who was cast by Moffat to play the Twelfth Doctor beginning in Series 8, do the same, or will he stay on and work with incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall on Series 11 and beyond?
Capaldi says he hasn’t made up his mind yet, but the BBC has asked him to consider staying on.
“I’ve been asked to stay on,” Capaldi told RadioTimes.com, “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.”
While Doctor Who Series 10 may not air until 2017, fans will get a small dose of the Doctor in 2016. Doctor Who will return for the annual Christmas Special on Christmas Day 2016.