Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi might be leaving soon

Peter Capaldi Alex Kingston Doctor WhoWhile already committed to the a third year as the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi is thinking about leaving after that.

In an interview with The Telegraph during the shooting of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Husbands of River Song (which features the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song), the Scottish actor discussed the challenges and blessings of playing the iconic role.

Recently recovering from a knee operation, the 57-year old actor said that playing the Doctor does take its toll on one’s health.

“It’s the same operation Matt Smith had! … You tend to twist your knee when you’re being chased by a monster and then you swivel around to present yourself to the camera. It’s the curse of the Doctor…”

Reacting to some fans’ criticism about his age (since the last two Doctors were played by younger men), Peter Capaldi said he doesn’t mind “because every Doctor should be different from the last one. If you want exclusively young, sexy guys, to me that’s not Doctor Who. You want occasional ones like that – but then some other eccentrics.”

The Christmas special marks the end of Capaldi’s second season as the Doctor. While he has signed up for a third, beyond that nothing is certain. Capaldi told the Telegraph:

“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.”

But this is by no means the final say on the matter and ardent fans of Capaldi’s Doctor still have one season to look forward to.

The Doctor Who special, The Husbands of River Song, aired at Christmas on BBC One.