Peter Capaldi May Only Stay On ‘Doctor Who’ For 13 Episodes
The Doctor Who Christmas Special is fast approaching, which means the debut of the Twelfth Doctor is not far off. Yet Doctor #12 might end up tying for the second shortest tenure of any Doctor in the series canon, if the latest rumors are to be believed.
The contract details for Peter Capaldi, the latest actor to inherit the iconic role, were let slip by showrunner Stephen Moffat. As it turns out, the 55-year-old Capaldi has only been signed for thirteen episodes: his debut in the 2013 Christmas special, and two half-seasons of six episodes apiece. After his run is completed, his deal will be reassessed depending on how popular he’s been in the role. If the ratings remaining encouraging, he’ll be asked back and a new deal will likely be signed (provided Capaldi, a lifelong Doctor Who fan, doesn’t tire of the role). If he proves less successful than previous Doctor Matt Smith, we could be starting the search for a thirteenth Doctor sooner rather than later.
If Capaldi is replaced, his tenure would be tied for the second-shortest in series history, following Eighth Doctor Paul McGann, who appeared only in the 1996 American TV movie (although he would go on to voice a series of successful audio dramas as the Eighth Doctor), and Christopher Eccleston’s short-lived 2005 run as the Ninth Doctor, which lasted thirteen episodes.
But before Capaldi takes over the role, there is the 50th anniversary special on November 23, a blockbuster of a special featuring the return of the 10th Doctor (David Tennant), former companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and John Hurt as a mysterious version of the Doctor.
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