'Doctor Who': Will Peter Capaldi Leave After Season 9?

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman on Doctor Who

Doctor Who is loved across the world for its gripping storylines, amazing special effects (for television), and compelling theories. The cast are beloved too; most specifically the roles of the Doctor and his assistant, and speculation and scrutiny are always rife surrounding whichever stars are cast.

With the Doctor Who season nine premiere just over four weeks away (at the time of writing this), it seems as though the annual rumors surrounding whether the shows main stars will leave or not are once again back in force. It seems to happen every time before the start of a new season and then again at the end; the actors don’t help matters either, with Current Time Lord Peter Capaldi now adding fuel to the fire by hinting this season might well be his last.

Speaking to The Mirror, Capaldi was (infuriatingly) enigmatic when discussing if he would be staying on for a tenth season of Doctor Who, giving the following quote on the subject:

“I sort of enjoy this position I am in with a kind of deep Scottish melancholy because I know it has to end one day. I will cross that bridge when we come to it, which may be sooner rather than later.”

It’s hard to know how to take Capaldi’s comments. Let’s not forget, it was long rumored that Jenna Coleman would be leaving the show after season eight and none of the cast and crew really did anything to lay those rumors to rest; in fact, if anything, they seemed happy to add fuel to the fire. Yet Coleman is back for season nine, so it could be that Capaldi’s comments are just fueling the rumor mill once more, prompting discussion as Doctor Who comes back in the air.

Still, by the end of season nine, Capaldi will have completed two seasons playing The Doctor. Doctor Who season eight was divisive for many viewers, both in terms of storylines and Capaldi’s incarnation of the Doctor. Maybe Stephen Moffat and crew feel it might be the right time for change? But if Capaldi leaves, would this also mean the end for Coleman’s Clara Oswald? Capaldi’s could simply that his time on the show won’t last forever, but it does make fans wonder about a possible successor.

Doctor Who SDCC Peter Capaldi Michelle Rodriguez Jenna Coleman

Post-Capaldi, will Doctor Who continue with an older (and more jaded) Doctor, or return to a younger actor (like Matt Smith) or stick somewhere in the middle ground (a la David Tennant)? Could we finally see Doctor Who breaking with tradition and recruiting a female Doctor? Certainly that is an issue which deeply divides viewers, with many feeling it would be an amazing thing to happen and others fiercely opposed. Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell has offered her name as a potential Time Lord, while Capaldi has said the Doctor transcends all gender (though other Time Lords don’t agree).

Whatever the outcome, the BBC can be certain that when Capaldi does leave the TARDIS there will be no shortage of actors (both male and female) who will be more than happy to take on such an iconic role. Do you think season nine will be Capaldi’s last?

NEXT: Doctor Who Season 9 Trailer

Doctor Who season nine debuts on the BBC and BBC America on September 19th, 2015.

Source: The Mirror

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