‘Doctor Who’ exiting showrunner Steven Moffat didn’t want Peter Capaldi to leave with him

Peter Capaldi is exiting his role as the latest incarnation of “Doctor Who” in the upcoming Christmas special after three seasons of time travel. Showrunner Steven Moffat, who is signing off after six years at the helm, has revealed that he was hoping that the actor would remain for another season. As he explained to Chris Evans on his BBC radio show while talking about this Saturday’s season 10 finale: “I was hoping he would stay on. There’s only so much emotional trauma you can bear. I have had three versions of my childhood hero hand in their resignation to me.”

At the behest of Russell T. Davies (“Queer as Folk”), the BBC rebooted “Doctor Who” in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston, who would only sign on for one season. His replacement was David Tennant (“Broadchurch,” “Jessica Jones”) who played the Time Lord for three years before handing off to Matt Smith (“The Crown”) in 2010. That was when Davies exited and Moffat came on board.

That was also the same year that Moffat launched “Sherlock,” the modern-day take on Arthur Conan Doyle‘s fabled detective Sherlock Holmes. He has won two Emmys for writing “His Last Vow” in 2014 and producing the 2016 episode “The Abominable Bride,” which won Best TV Movie. It is rumored that this franchise is finished, with the last three telefilms airing on both sides of the pond in January.

But “Doctor Who” will go on as Moffat hands over the reins of “Doctor Who” to “Broadchurch” creator Chris Chibnall. In a recent interview, Moffat revealed that his successor is far more equipped to take over the “Doctor Who” franchise than he was. “Chris is coming on to the show with the experience of doing ‘Broadchurch.’ He’s already done a major-league, much-fussed about show, so he’s got all that experience so there’s not a lot to talk about there. We just keep each other up to date with what’s going on, and we’ve had various conversations about how the stories will work together.”

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