This Week in Sci Fi TV: Peter Capaldi is Leaving Doctor Who, and Eight More Things to Know

Peter Capaldi, who currently portrays the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on Doctor Who, has announced that he will be leaving the series at the end of the year. He is still set to star in the tenth season of the show, which will debut on BBC America in April, but then he will bow out with the Christmas special that will air in December. Capaldi—who has been well-received by fans–has starred in the role since the show’s eighth season and will have thirty-six episodes and four Christmas specials to his name when he departs. His replacement has not been announced yet, but there will definitely be an intensive search for a suitable candidate.

Also leaving at the end of the season will be controversial showrunner Stephen Moffat who has been regularly criticized by fans while helming the show since his tenure began in 2010, the same time Matt Smith came aboard as the eleventh Doctor. Chris Chibnall will be taking over showrunner duties after Moffat departs. Chibnall previously worked on the British crime drama Broadchurch which starred former Doctor David Tennant.

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