In a bit of, “well, bugger” news, it was revealed today that Peter Capaldi will be leaving the role of the Doctor on Doctor Who.
This saddens me. While some of the stories have been absolute garbage (including one of the worst stories ever in the series’ history), I did always like Capaldi as the Doctor, especially during season nine, where he sort of settled down into the “ageing rock star” kind of character rather than the grumpy old man.
I had really hoped he’d stick around for the new showrunner, Chris Chibnal, to take a stab at the character. It would have been interesting to see what could have been done. But the ratings have been down, and I’m sure Chibnal wanted to bring in new blood, so there you go.
On the plus side, this frees up the character, and the actor, to come be a part of Big Finish. Hopefully that’ll happen sooner rather than later, but as long as it happens at all, I’ll be damn happy.
Meantime, let the speculation begin as to who will be the next Doctor. I’ll tell you this: it probably won’t be a white male, and my personal preferences would be either Idris Elba, Alexander Siddig or Helen Mirren, if she’s still interested.