Peter Capaldi is to step down from his role as Doctor Who.
The 12th incarnation of our favourite Timelord will finish with this year’s Christmas Special after revealing the news on BBC radio on Monday.
He said: “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.”
The news coincides with the departure of showrunner Steven Moffat who said he was leaving on a positive knowing he’d worked with Capaldi.
“For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi,” he said. “I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the Tardis together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter.”
The new Doctor Who showrunner, meanwhile, will be Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall.
It’s also been confirmed that Doctor Who Season 10 will premiere on Saturday, April 15.