In a new interview with The Telegraph, Peter Capaldi, who plays our beloved Twelfth Doctor, says series 10 might be his last in the TARDIS. Although he's not saying he WON'T return, Capaldi isn't signed on past a third series. From the Doctor himself:
This could be my final year – 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’ll come a day, inevitably, when you’ll be saying goodbye.
Perhaps, start getting your tissues ready for 2016. Historically, most nuWho Doctors have had three-series runs, with the exception of Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor, who only lasted a single series. David Tennant's Ten did technically last a little longer than three series, with four specials under his belt after the end of series four.
Steven Moffat has been hinting about who will turn up to write the next season of Doctor Who. These are "brilliant, prominent, and amazing writers...two writers who have never written for Doctor Who before."
Would Grant Morrison, who has only written Doctor Who comics (and that was a very long time ago), or Warren Ellis count? That would be nice.
Of course, The Doctor is coming back for another series. And the Peter Capaldi news only gives it more weight. His tenure as the Twelfth Doctor has been spectacular thus far. Lower ratings and all, there's no denying what Capaldi can do in the TARDIS.
Don't expect that guitar amp to be ripped out of the TARDIS any time soon - Mr. Peter Capaldi will remain in Doctor Who's title role for series 10.
"Peter Capaldi is going nowhere," Steven Moffat told Variety when asked recently about series 10. Moffat didn't have much more to add, except for jokingly mentioning - when asked about his and Capaldi's shared Scottish heritage - that "it’s a conspiracy. Piece by piece, person by person, we are replacing the English."
Asked if he saw a five-year future for the show, Moffat said this: "It is definitely going to last five more years, I’ve seen the business plan. It’s not going anywhere. And I think we can go past that. It’s television’s own legend. It will just keep going."
Moffat also responded to an earlier report from The Mirror that claimed that season 10 would be a shortened season due to Peter Capaldi's schedule. The article cited Capaldi's wish to pursue other projects as the reason for cutting the season in half. You can read more about this in the "Doctor Who Season 10 Rumors" section of this hub.
For now, here is Moffat on what Doctor Who season 10 is going to look like:
We’re making a full series. I can confirm that. I’m making a full series of 12 episodes, plus a Christmas special. I don’t know when it goes out. That’s up to someone else. And even if I did know – which I genuinely don’t – I wouldn’t be allowed to say so as I have absolutely no say in it whatsoever. [But] it’s not being reduced in size. We’re not making fewer episodes. That’s all complete bunk. I can confirm that absolutely.
Rejoice, Who fans! All those nasty Doctor Who rumors of late seem to be false.
While chatting with Digital Spy, Moffat revealed that he knows what kind of character the new companion will be in season 10 and how they will change the tone and tenor of the series… albeit he has yet to come up with a name for this person.
When asked about the identity of the new companion, Moffat said, “We’re forming it. We went into the BBC yesterday and had a chat about the kind of person that we’re going to find, and how it’s going to change and inflect the show. And that’s even before we have a name for that person. So, I’m still [in] the quite early stages—but very clear on the change we’re going to make to the tone of the show.
“Because the tone of the show is so driven by what we call the companion, it’s so driven by that. It’s not just casting a supporting character. It’s not. It’s the lead or the co-lead, and it will become their story. So, it’s a huge, massive thing. That’s one of the reasons I went into the BBC and said ‘This isn’t trivial. This isn’t just slotting somebody else into that part. This is starting a new story.’”
Clearly by not referring to this mystery companion as “she” or “her,” Moffat seems to be toying with the idea of radically changing the format of Doctor Who… or simply stoking the flames of speculation about just that while returning to expected formula.
Indeed, while Moffat played cagey about whether there will be more than one companion in season 10, Capaldi made clear his preference for a single companion. While complimenting how the show started with Doctor Who having a gang of supporting players in the series’ original 1963 inception, as well as the strength of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill during the recent Matt Smith tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, Capaldi seems to prefer a singular companion in general.
“But I think it’s good to have one companion, who also I think throws the Doctor into sharper relief. It’s more focused; you get to learn more about the Doctor as you explore that companion’s relationship with him.”
Still in the immediacy, Clara Oswald and Jenna Coleman’s time as the Doctor’s companion still has another hour left, and it might be brutal.
“It always half kills him, I think,” Moffat said about the modern Doctor’s reactions to a lost companion. He then added with a chuckle, “It’s going to be pretty bad this time.”
Mr. Moffat also revealed that series 10’s Clara-replacing companion will not be Ingrid Oliver’s Osgood, or any other previously-seen character:
“[Osgood’s] a great character and we love her,” he told Digital Spy. "But whether you really get a relaunch out of bringing someone on board the TARDIS who's already been there, I don't know. […] It did work very well with Catherine Tate [as Donna], but that's not the direction we're currently going in. I quite like where we've got Osgood at the moment.”
“I'm not making any promises, but that's my genuine belief at the moment,” he said. "Because I think to throw away the chance to say 'You can start here' is foolish. If you say, 'You could start here, but [the companion is] somebody you have to know all about' then you've lost that,” he added.
“I think every time we get a new companion - even more so than a new Doctor - you are sort of saying, 'This is the beginning. This is where it starts. You can join in here.’”
We don't know much about Peter Capaldi's new companion for Doctor Who series 10. It won't be Clara or any other returning character, but that doesn't exactly give us much to go on.
And now, Peter Capaldi has discussed his own wishes for his new co-lead. Specifically, he isn't particularly keen on having a male companion.
"With the best will in the world, I don’t want a bloke," he told Radio Times, "because I’m frightened that they’ll give him all the action and I’ll be standing around spouting scientific gobbledygook...‘Oh, Peter’s not up to chasing those Zygons down the corridor, let the chap do it.’ And that would be awful. I want to chase the Zygons!"
"I just think that combo of the slightly strange and alien Time Lord with the intelligent, enthusiastic, and inquisitive girl is a good combo. I don’t know why – but it just seems to work," he added.
Whether Capaldi gets his wish or not, we'll keep you up to date as we hear more on Doctor Who series 10, and the incoming new companion.
There's no official premiere date as of yet, but we could make an educated guess that series 10 will premiere in the Fall, sometime in late August or September 2016, as has been the tradition for the last few series.
Adding fuel to the rumor fire, Doctor Who’s incumbent production designer Michael Pickwoad has revealed that series 10 of the BBC’s spacefaring family drama will enter production a little later than usual.
According to Pickwoad (in conversation with fan podcast Radio Free Skaro), his work on series 10 won't begin until February or March 2016. Providing a stark comparison - series 9 had already started shooting in January 2015.
Pickwoad – who joined Who in 2010, starting with the brilliant "A Christmas Carol" – said this of his upcoming work on season 10:
"Well, that won't start until... you know, well into the new year. It doesn't start shooting for a short while. And so, it will be - you know, probably - February, March before we start getting onto the next one."
He also said that his start date could be "a couple of months" prior to shooting, before back-tracking a little and suggesting that such a situation might be "a luxury." These statements have led some websites to speculate that series 10 won't go in front of the cameras until May 2016.
Admittedly, if Pickwoad's design work isn't starting until February or March, Doctor Who series 10 certainly isn't operating on a carbon copy of series 9's schedule. But it's worth noting that Pickwoad didn't say the words "May" or "2016" at any stage in the interview.
We previously reported on Steven Moffat’s comments that series 10 would consist of the usual 12 episodes and a Christmas special, but that he doesn’t know “when it goes out. That’s up to someone else.”
If you combine that Moffat statement with Pickwoad’s understanding of the schedule, it’s certainly beginning to look like Doctor Who series 10 might move to a different scheduling slot. Undoubtedly, it'd be a tight squeeze to be designing a show in February or March that premieres in mid-September.
Perhaps, series 10 will be moved away from the dancing and karaoke shows that dominate the British autumnal telly schedule. That's purely speculation on our part, though, it must be stressed.
Could series 10 possibly start with the 2016 Christmas special, then continue from there in the new year? Or will it be a 7A and 7B-style split series situation?
We don’t know the answers to any of those questions, but we’ll let you know as we hear anything else on the matter.
Here's something to chew on: according to a report by The Mirror, Doctor Whoseason 10 will have a much shorter run of episodes than traditionally expected. THIS part isn't news. (Scroll down to the "Doctor Who Season 10 Structure" section of this hub.)
What is new is the reason behind the shortened season: Peter Capaldi's schedule. Season 10 will allegedly be halved so that we get six episodes total, plus a Christmas special, while Capaldi pursues other projects. Capaldi plans to direct a movie about his time with a 70's punk band The Dreamboys, and he's also set to appear in two episodes of HBO comedy Veep next year.
This is an interesting bit of news, especially after showrunner Steven Moffat just announced that Capaldi would return to the role next year. And even before that, there were those (The Mirror, in fact) who were saying Capaldi would exit the show after season 9. But it seems the actor's place in the TARDIS is secure, enough so that he's willing to take a little break in order to do some other stuff. Take that how you will. There isn't any official confirmation from BBC yet, so take this as RUMOR for now.
The Mirror are reporting that the BBC may be plotting to reduce future series of Doctor Who to a Sherlock-esque structure—less episodes per year, but with feature length running times.
According to the report, the BBC chiefs are thinking about doing away with next year's full season run of Doctor Who and producing feature-length specials instead. So we could be looking at just a couple of specials and a Christmas episode in 2016.
Of course, there is a bit of doomsaying involved, as the report claims viewing figures have plunged below four million. That bit, er, isn’t entirely accurate. The show isn't in crisis mode just yet.
It's true that the BBC might be looking for a new audience, especially a younger one, since it announced a Doctor Who spin-off aimed at teenagers called Class, which follows the adventures of students at the Coal Hill School.
The report goes on to quote an unnamed BBC source: "Doctor Who’s decline is very worrying and needs to be addressed. At this stage all options are being considered […] Everyone accepts that drastic action may be needed."
The BBC are also reportedly considering another option: rebooting Doctor Who with a new cast in 2017. Game of Thrones and Lady Chatterley star Richard Madden tops the wish list—although BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore has not ruled out introducing a female Doctor Who. Could going young again with the Doctor bring back those ratings from the Matt Smith era?
We’re taking this one with a pinch of salt until an official BBC statement says otherwise. We’ll keep you posted.