Peter Capaldi set some long circulating rumors to rest, confirming that he will be leaving the BBC favorite Doctor Who this week on BBC Radio 2. Lead writer and producer Steven Moffat will also be leaving the show at the end of the coming season. Capaldi tweeted that he felt that his time as The Doctor had met its natural end,
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 30, 2017
Capaldi’s full statement softened the blow.
“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best. From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”
Season 10 will see the addition of a new companion, and so far no word on whether or not she will stay on into the following season. Almost immediately the Whoniverse exploded once again with the burning question; Who will be the next Doctor?
While we would LOVE a red headed Doctor, a final answer to the running gag in the show, we have been taken by surprise as a noble hero has thrown his hat in the ring,
Yes I'd like to be the new #DoctorWho
There I said it. #becurious
— Dominic Monaghan. (@DomsWildThings) January 31, 2017
Monaghan, most well known for his role as the very best Hobbit of all, Meriadoc Brandybuck in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, would be a return to the younger Doctors, though the actor certainly has shown he has the range for the dynamic character. Not only does he have the chops, his natural disposition isn’t unlike the Doctor himself. On his show Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan we see limitless curiosity, respect for the unknown, and a kindness that the Doctor himself would appreciate.
Fans have made some suggestions of their own, including urging new showrunner Chris Chibnall to usher in a new era by casting a female, or actor of color. Rahul Kohli (iZombie) and Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) are among those suggested.
Our last season with Capaldi premiers April 15, 2017 on BBC America.