Reports in today’s Daily Express indicate that incoming Time Lord Peter Capaldi has signed up to a single run of 13 episodes of Doctor Who, and no more.
However, Kasterborites, we’re hopeful that this is nothing more than tabloid mischief-making.
Running under the headline “Who’s Next? New Doctor Peter Capaldi may stay just 13 episodes” the evidence presented to back up the claim is pretty thin – in fact, it’s non-existent. Stating that the Twelfth Doctor will appear in the forthcoming Christmas episode, the Express continues:
Capaldi, 55, will star in two series of six episodes each before waving goodbye to the Timelord – or signing a new deal depending on how popular he has been.
Moffat, 51, confirmed that the former The Thick Of It star will be seen in 13 episodes next year.
(Steven Moffat’s “confirmation” appears to come from the recent Broadcast interview.)
As you can see, there is nothing here that stands as a direct quote. Furthermore, it is unlikely that an actor of Peter Capaldi’s stature would commit to more than one series at a time anyway.
So, cool your boots: we’ve still got at least a year of the Twelfth Doctor, so lets enjoy it before we start the doom and gloom of casting another actor, okay?