Capaldi Considers “Doctor Who” Departure

Helping keep “Doctor Who” fresh over the years has been its ability to regenerate every few years with a different actor in the lead role. It may soon be that time again though with Peter Capaldi, the actor in the current incarnation of the role, suggesting next season may well be his last.

Speaking with The Telegraph ahead of this week’s Christmas special, Capaldi talked about his time on the show, the demands of the part, and the limitations for an actor in a role that is frankly seen as transitory:

“This could be my final year – it’s terrifying. I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over. But I knew that when I started. I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That’s my terrible melancholic nature. When you accept the job you know there’ll come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.”

The departure of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) from the show, which is coming off its most acclaimed run of episodes in years, means the search for a new companion begins. Capaldi himself is reportedly recovering from a knee operation caused by his time on the show – his younger predecessor Matt Smith underwent the same thing when Capaldi first met him in fact.