It was recently announced that following a hiatus which will contain only a Christmas special, Steven Moffat’s final season of Doctor Who will air in 2017 before the reigns are passed over to Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, Broadchurch).

Transitionary periods have long been a part of the show’s DNA but everyone has been asking does a new showrunner mean a new Doctor? Radio Times have put the question directly to current lead Peter Capaldi.

“I’ve been asked to stay on but it’s such a long time before I have to make that decision.” He goes on to praise both Moffat and Chibnall in summarizing his yet uncertain choice on the offer, concluding “As Steven will tell you, it’s very difficult to say goodbye.”

Obviously uncertainty remains but Capaldi’s words offer fans the hope the next era will begin with a familiar friend.

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