While “Doctor Who” is taking 2016 off, the BBC is already looking ahead to 2018 and the future of the show under new showrunner Chris Chibnall.
Speaking to the Radio Times, current Doctor Peter Capaldi reveals that the network has already asked him to stick around the show after current showrunner Steven Moffat departs the series at the conclusion of Season 10. “I’ve been asked to stay on,” he says. “But it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision.”
That’s right, Capaldi has yet to decide whether or not he’ll leave the series after three seasons.
“I don’t know where the show’s gonna go then. I don’t know,” he explains. “I have to make up my mind, and I haven’t yet.”
While Capaldi has yet to make a decision about his status after Season 10, there is a precedent to look at. When Russell T. Davies stepped down as showrunner following Season 4 of the series, David Tennant also vacated the role of the Doctor. That allowed Moffat to start his run as showrunner fresh, in a way, with Matt Smith taking on the role and becoming the 11th Doctor.
Whether Chibnall will do the same when he takes over remains to be seen.