New “Doctor Who” Casting Is Months Away

With Peter Capaldi confirming earlier this week that he’s leaving “Doctor Who” during this year’s Christmas special, speculation has already begun as to who will take over the role once his character regenerates.

This past week the Radio Times has tried to slow down the rumor mill a bit with a report that says that while Capaldi’s decision to leave Doctor Who has been known for a while inside the BBC, the process of finding his successor has yet to begin.

In fact, they won’t begin looking for his replacement for at least several more months. Why? With showrunner Steven Moffat exiting at the same time, incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall (“Broadchurch”) is the one who is essentially making the decision.

Chibnall won’t begin laying out the plans for his first season until at least the middle of the year, a run of episodes that is currently not expected to premiere until Fall 2018. Chibnall is currently putting the finishing touches on the third and final season of “Broadchurch” which kicks off later this month on ITV, and says he plans to take a short break afterwards.

Speculation will continue to run rife though with every British TV talent’s name from Idris Elba to Ben Whishaw to Richard Ayoade to Miranda Hart and more all being floated about as potentials. Capaldi and Moffat’s final season of “Doctor Who” is slated to begin in April.