Peter Capaldi dedicates emotional farewell message to Doctor Who fans

The twelfth Doctor signs off

Peter Capaldi has written a touching message to the Doctor Who fans as he approaches his last performance as the titular character.

The Scottish actor wrote a special goodbye message to Doctor Who fans, reports Radio Times. The statement begins with an apology for his absence from the post-screening Q&A at the launch event for the Christmas special: “I’m sorry I can’t be there today,” Capaldi began, before thanking his Doctor Who co-workers “for sharing their good humour, talent and life with me over the last four years”.

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Capaldi continued: “And particularly Steven Moffat’s, who has brought so much to Doctor Who, even more than might be realised today, but will be seen clearly in the future.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who loves the show for sharing it with me,” he said: “And sharing the boundless generosity of spirit that it embodies.”

Watch the trailer for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special below.

Later in his statement, Capaldi acknowledged Jodie Whittaker who will taking the mantle of The Doctor: “I wish Jodie [Whittaker] and the new Tardis team all the best for the future, and the past, and everything in between. I look forward to watching them journey to new and wonderful places.”

He concluded: “For me, it’s been an amazing trip. I went to the end of time. I met fantastical creatures. And I blew them up”.

Last month, former Doctor Who lead Matt Smith has hinted at a return to the show. The actor said: “I think we’ve got to give a few years to Miss Whittaker to get the TARDIS under her belt, as it were, and then yeah – one day.”

However, he said the return would likely not be before he turns “old and grey”, joking that he isn’t “far off”.