Peter Capaldi hints at Doctor Who exit: ‘This could be my final year’

Capaldi desribes possible exit as 'terrifying'

Peter Capaldi has hinted at a Doctor Who exit, talking of his regeneration scene in an interview with The Telegraph.

Capaldi is already confirmed for the show’s tenth season, having replaced Matt Smith in 2014. He is the twelfth actor to play Doctor Who.

Talking to The Telegraph, Capaldi said:

“This could be my final year – it’s terrifying. I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over.”

Capaldi continued “But I knew that when I started. I was thinking about my regeneration scene from the outset. That’s my terrible melancholic nature. When you accept the job you know there’ll come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.”

View the trailer for season nine, which stars Capaldi, via YouTube below:

Last month, Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat had to deny that the show has become ‘more misogynist’ since his time as head writer of the show began, but admitted that TV needs more female role models in general.

Moffatt took over from Russell T Davies as the lead writer of the BBC series in 2010 and a 2014 study carried out by students at the University of Idaho in the US showed that female characters have had fewer lines and less screen time than when Davies was in charge.

Responding to the study and its findings, Moffat told the Radio Times that it was a “complicated issue” but reasoned that, “The general point being made by these people is correct. We need better female role models on screen.”

However, he did say that he feels he and the show were the wrong target for critics, saying: “Maybe this is my dimwittery but I do not understand why Doctor Who of all shows is singled out as misogynist. I’m sure I’m to the left of a lot of my detractors.”