In a shocking announcement for “Doctor Who” fans, the actor who has been playing the lead role on the BBC sci-fi series since 2013 broke the news that he’s leaving the show.
Peter Capaldi made the announcement on BBC Radio 2 during an interview today with presenter Jo Whiley.
The BBC reports that Capaldi, 58, said he will exit the show at the end of the year, with the show’s upcoming 10th series to be his last. “I feel it’s time to move on,” he said.
Capaldi is the 12th actor to take on the role of the Time Lord.
The report quotes Capaldi saying: “I feel sad — I love ‘Doctor Who.’ It is a fantastic programme to work on. I can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”
Capaldi said he was asked to remain with the show but declined the offer.
The new series, which is currently in production, will reportedly begin airing this spring, with Capaldi’s final episode due to be broadcast at Christmas.
“The next series will also be the last with Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, at the helm,” the BBC notes.