With the final season of Peter Capaldi’s stint on “Doctor Who” launching this weekend, the tenth season overall since the revival, the actor has made a surprising revelation that only adds more confusion regarding his departure.
What we know is that Capaldi’s final outing in the role, and showrunner Steven Moffat’s final episode, is this year’s Christmas special. The tenth season wrapped production last week, but the Christmas special won’t begin filming until June.
When new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over with the eleventh season, it will be a blank slate – new showrunner and a new and still to be announced Doctor and companion. So the widely held belief has been that the end of the Christmas special is when we’ll see Capaldi’s The Doctor regenerate into his new incarnation.
That changed the other week when the second trailer for the tenth season showed Capaldi seemingly beginning a regeneration – was this another trick regen like David Tennant’s ‘The Stolen Earth’ metacrisis Doctor? Turns out maybe not.
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, Capaldi was asked if he’s done the regeneration scene yet and he said:
“You’ve got to watch it and see…I have done the death of my character. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen but it is going to be very interesting.”
In a separate interview for The New York Times, Capaldi spoke about the regeneration and says it’ll be more like on of the classic “Doctor Who” regenerations as opposed to some of the ones we’ve seen in the reboot to date:
“There’s this notion now that it’s the same process he’s gone through every time, and that’s not true. 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.”
The titles for the final two episodes of the twelve episode season have also been revealed. The episodes “World Enough and Time” and “The Doctor Falls” are following the exact mold of Capaldi’s previous two seasons – a two-part finale with both episodes once again penned by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay.
The new episodes kick off this weekend with the season finale to air July 1st.