The tock is clicking on the world’s most famous Time Lord. Doctor Who is nearly finished with its tenth season, and Peter Capaldi will soon part from the iconic sci-fi series. The Scottish actor will be finished with Doctor Who in a matter of episodes, but the BBC has kept mum about who will replace the actor as the Doctor. No word has even been given on if the role has been filled, but it seems like the BBC has done at least that much.
Recently, new reports surfaced about the BBC’s recent casting thanks to a former creator on Doctor Who. Russell T. Davies spoke with Andy Vision about the show’s legacy, and it was there the former showrunner said he knows who has been cast as the 13th Doctor. Davies could not expand any further on the topic, but the report does confirm that the BBC has hired someone to fill in the Time Lord’s shoes.
For now, there is no telling who the next Doctor could be. Some reports have suggested that Kris Marshall was a frontrunner for the role, but fans have rallied hard for a female Doctor to make a debut. Online petitions have sprouted up for the BBC to hire a female actress for the role, and names like Michaela Coel have been thrown around as go-to choices. Even Marvel’s Hayley Atwell threw in her interest about the role before the British star backtracked from the franchise.
When Capaldi does bid her Doctor farewell, the actor will get to undergo a different regeneration than most. Speaking to the New York Times, the actor told the publication the Doctor’s turnover is not limited to a single script.
“There’s this notion now that it’s the same process he’s gone through every time, and that’s not true,” Capaldi explained. “It’s only the last couple of regenerations that have been, as it were, fairly straightforward ones. I can’t go into the details of a lot of it because I know what happens, but I don’t know how it happens.”
And, if you are worried that the exit was forced, then let Capaldi assure you his decision to leave came on his part. “They asked me to stay on. And I love this show,” Capaldi told the NYT.
“But I began to get worried about my capacity to deliver my best work. The schedule is very intense, and I began to wonder, how many different ways can I find to say, ‘The time vortex is going to open up and destroy the entire universe as we know it unless we blow up that model spaceship over there’? It concerned me that if I did more, yes, I’d be able to do it, but I’d just be phoning it in. And I didn’t ever want to be in that situation.”
Doctor Who airs Saturdays on BBC America.
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