On Christmas, it will be exactly two years since Peter Capaldi stepped into his role as the Twelfth Doctor on Doctor Who. Capaldi was a stark departure from the much younger Doctors played by David Tennant and Matt Smith, but he’s won raves for his performance, particularly in the recently concluded ninth season. However, Capaldi is already hinting that the upcoming tenth season of Doctor Who may be his last.
“This could be my final year,” said Capaldi during an interview with Telegraph. “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. 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 will come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.”
If Capaldi only stays for three seasons, that would be in line with the length of Tennant and Smith’s tenures, both of whom remained with Doctor Who for three full seasons. Of the modern Doctors in the revival Doctor Who series, only Christopher Eccleston departed after only a single season.
Capaldi also noted that he is recovering from a knee operation that was caused by the constant running that Doctor Who requires him to do.
“It’s the same operation Matt Smith had!”exclaimed Capaldi. “I took him for lunch the first time I met him and he was on crutches. I said, ‘What’s happened to you?’ He said, ‘This f—— show, mate!’ I never believed him – and now I’ve got exactly the same injury. You tend to twist your knee when you’re being chased by a monster and then you swivel around to present yourself to camera. It’s the curse of the Doctor…”
Capaldi’s next Doctor Who adventure, “The Husbands of River Song” will air on December 25.
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