This past week, Steven Moffat had this to say: “I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor. Peter is loving the role, and long may he do so.”
This has been greeted with breathless glee that the incomparable Peter Capaldi will not be leaving under Moffat’s watch. Peter will be back for Series 11, a solid rock for us Whovians to hold on to when Chibnall’s tenure begins.
Sigh! Your naiveté is so sweet! I could just pinch your little cheeks, yes I could!
Yes, it COULD mean Capaldi is staying.
It could ALSO mean Steven simply does not know Peter's decision yet. The show only just finished the first recording block of Series 10. The recording of the final block is still months away. Peter's decision to stay or go could still be further down the road. Until he knows one way or the other, Steven can only assume Peter is staying.
And even if Peter Capaldi stays through to the end of Series 10, what about the 2017 Christmas special? Will there be one? Will Series 10 be Steven Moffat's true swan song or will there be one last adventure for the holiday season?
Here's another thought: what if Peter Capaldi does sign up to join Chris Chibnall... but for only one episode? Yes, instead of coming at the end of a series or in a special, what if the Doctor had a final adventure at the beginning of a series immediately followed by a new Doctor for the rest of the series?*
*There is a precedent for that and I'll look at those examples in next week's Doctor Who post.
Change is such a fundamental part of Doctor Who, fans must always brace themselves for it. Sometimes it gets out of hand and we're speculating on a Doctor's departure no sooner than they come in the front door. Live in the now, my fellow Whovians. We have a wonderful Doctor brought to us by the astonishingly talented Peter Capaldi. Let's enjoy that. We'll deal with the future when it gets here.
Thanks for popping by today. Remember to be good to one another. There's a new post on something or another coming up tomorrow and a new Doctor Who post next Sunday.
I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You
|And that's a wrap on the first block of filming |
for Doctor Who Series 10 as Pearl Mackie,
Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas take their leave
to get some rest before getting back
in front of the cameras once more.