‘Doctor Who’: Steven Moffat says Peter Capaldi will stay past season 10

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Cast member Peter Capaldi poses at a press line for "Doctor Who" during the 2015 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 9, 2015.
Cast member Peter Capaldi poses at a press line for "Doctor Who" during the 2015 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego, California July 9, 2015. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

“Doctor Who” will retain Peter Capaldi past season 10. It’s not yet official, but outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat has said the Twelfth Doctor will not regenerate yet.

“I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor,” Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine (via Den of Geek). “Peter is loving the role, and long may he do so.”

When it was announced that Moffat would be passing his show-running duties to Chris Chibnall, it was feared that Capaldi would also be leaving to make way for a fresh Doctor Who era. The Scottish actor himself wasn’t sure if he would be staying.

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But how about the companions? When former showrunner Russell T Davies passed the torch to Moffat in 2010, he gave all the Doctor’s companions happy and semi-happy endings before the Time Lord regenerated at the end of season 4. Davies gathered all companions from the re-launched series, including classic DW companion Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), for a final appearance.

This would not be the case when Chibnall takes over, though.

“The departure of a showrunner doesn’t mean anything to the audience,” Moffat assured. “Most of the audience doesn’t know that I exist, so they’d go blank if I attempted to say goodbye to them. Oh, the embarrassment that would be. So I’m damned if I’m exposing my departure on the show. I just want to do a good one before I hand over to Chris.”

Moffat will be overseeing the 12 episodes of season 10 plus at least one Christmas special. Pearl Mackie will be joining Capaldi as the Doctor’s newest companion, Bill.

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The long-running UK sci-fi series is currently in production. According to photos posted by Twitter user @fandoms4life, three new characters have been cast for season 10. Mina Anwar will be playing a character named Goodthing, Ralf Little will play Steadfast, and Kaizer Akhtar will be playing Praiseworthy.

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