Whether or not he wants to, Peter Capaldi has been asked to stay on as the Doctor after Steven Moffat makes his final curtain call at the end of Season 10.
Unfortunately, while we can confirm the BBC has made the official offer for Capaldi to stay on as the Time Lord, we cannot confirm whether Capaldi has agreed.
“I’ve been asked to stay on,” Capaldi said in an interview with RadioTimes, “but it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision. Steven’s been absolutely wonderful, so I love working with him. Chris is fantastic, and I think he’s a hugely talented guy. I don’t know where the show’s gonna go then. I don’t know. I have to make up my mind, and I haven’t yet. As Steven will tell you, it’s very difficult to say goodbye.”
Although Capaldi has hinted he will be giving up his TARDIS key after Moffat leaves, he may have to hold onto it for a little while longer. It looks like the BBC isn't ready to audition a new Time Lord just yet.
Personally, we feel like we just got Capaldi, and to see him go so soon after Clara (Jenna Coleman) left would be pretty cruel. It's like when Nine (Christopher Eccleston) left after only beginning traveling with Rose (Billie Piper).
And then there's the whole parallel with Ten (David Tennant) leaving after Russell T. Davies bowed out after Season 4.
I guess history repeats itself, even for a Time Lord.
Even if we have to say good-bye to Capaldi on the main show, reports say he is set to "pop up" in the Doctor Who spin-off show, Class. Casting announcements for this particular project can be "expected soon," and filming may start as early as April.
The spin-off will be set in Coal Hill, an iconic school seen throughout the history of Doctor Who and most recently in the Clara Oswald storyline.
“It will have a close connection with Doctor Who so don’t be surprised if Peter pops up,” said one source close to the production.
Class will be written by Patrick Ness and set in Shoreditch, the "hipster capital of the world" where“incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected.” It has been commissioned for BBC3, so we can expect to see the episodes online before they make it to BBC1 and our silver screens.
Steven Moffat will be an executive producer on the project, so, while we may be losing him for the main spectacle, he will not be leaving the Whoverse.
What do you think, PopStars? Do you want Peter Capaldi to stay on after Moffat leaves? Will you be watching Class?