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Capaldi Signed Up For Doctor Who Series 9?

2014-world-tour-capaldi-londonFurther to yesterday’s news, The Sun are today reporting that not only has Capaldi signed up for this year’s Christmas special but also Series 9 in 2015.

An unnamed insider is quoted as saying: “Peter is the perfect Doctor. He’s a life-long fan of the show and a great actor.

“He wanted to do another series and the BBC wanted him back. Even before the premiere, no one at the BBC was in any doubt that Peter was going to be brilliantly received.

“It’s hoped that he’ll play the role for years.”

Now you can take with your usual pinch of salt given the source, but it has always seemed very unlikely Capaldi would leave after just one series given that this is his dream job!

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CaptainJaneway72
CaptainJaneway72

I'm so disappointed. I wanted to give Capaldi a chance. He's a great actor. However, we are five episodes in and I'm bored and annoyed with him. Heck, even my kids are bored. Capaldi comes off as a mean, angry Doctor with absolutely no endearing qualities. Clara is no longer his impossible girl and why would she want to be? He's so mean to her. I hope and pray Capaldi is only in for one season and one season only. Moffat screwed up. I say, bring on new writers and producers, let the Doctor regenerate, and bring on a whole new cast. The show needs a restart. 

adamwright1989
adamwright1989

I am sure Peter will be back. After the Eccleston fiascoo in Series One, I think the BBC would at least make contracts a minimum of two series. But I don't think they need that, as Peter is in his dream job and should take no persuading to come back. It could be argued though that a Doctor in one series shines more because all their fine moments are compacted. Spreading out over years can diminish it somewhat. What do you think?



ThomasDunn1
ThomasDunn1

you see that shirt he's wearing. where can i buy that is what i want to know.

NumberNine
NumberNine

Why is everyone already saying he should never leave? Sure, it's good to have faith in him and all, but we don't even know if he's any good yet. I believe he will be, but good enough to be the longest running Doctor based off three 15 second teasers, a minute and a half trailer, and (if you're lucky) one episode? Let's wait it out first.

thribs1
thribs1

Hope he does at least five.

ghostbom
ghostbom

It's been said, but I'd rather Capaldi prove he's a watchable Doctor before we get #sixseasonsandamovie. Even if he's been signed on to the second season of his own, good for him! That just means more time to prove himself to us! :D 

simon delafield
simon delafield

While I hope he stays fora number of seasons, I would point out that filming DW is a big undertaking - he's been working non-stop since January, is now going on the world tour, then is filming again when he gets back. That's a hell of a workload. Even if he wanted to, it may prove too much for him in the long run. (Christopher Eccleston became I'll during his season due to the workload, then Doctor lite episodes were designed to help Tennant cope and the split seasons were probably for a similar reason. It may well be why we've list an Episode now.) Let's just enjoy season eight and see what happens.

BJAMES
BJAMES

Take that, rumor mongering doubters. We really don't know why Christopher Eccleston left after one series. I don't think we'll ever know. I don't think he did enough thinking about what taking on the role of the Doctor would entail, and though I love his stories and his portrayal of the Doctor, he probably shouldn't have taken the part. Why has no other actor walked away and displayed such a desire to disassociate himself from the part? Eccleston should have stayed away, and I wish this great actor the best with his future endeavors. Peter Capaldi "gets it", and he, like David Tennant grew up loving it. There's that, and people like Paul McGann and Matt Smith falling in love with it. They all "get it" now. We don't need anymore "serious cred" actors who haven't a clue getting involved. We have what we need in Peter Capaldi, who loves it enough to respect it, and shake it up. I'm looking very forward to the Twelfth Doctor.............

PeterGecko
PeterGecko

This better be true, I think at the very least he should do 2 seasons. I would love him to do more than that but 2 seasons is much better than 1 season.

DDBlue
DDBlue

I hope this is true. I think every person cast as the doctor should be given the chance to do more than 1 series...and let's face it, PC is a good actor. There is no reason why, given well written episodes, that he won't be good.

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I hope he stays as long as he likes and he did look happy during filming

Robotopia
Robotopia

I would like to see Capaldi break Tom Baker's record for longest initial run in the role of The Doctor... I think Tom was in from 1974 through 1981, so let's have Peter Capaldi go for about a full decade... I would like to see that.  Too many 'changing of the guard' too often in this new series.

Liana21
Liana21

I'd like him, and I'd like him to stay for at least the same time as Matt.

Skylord Maldon
Skylord Maldon

Well here's hoping he'll stay for a while :) at least 3 series :P

awkward912
awkward912

Of course he is, the Christmas special is written so they'll know the score for series 9. The first question mark for Peter will come regarding series 10 or not, and it remains to be seen whether it will be Steven or someone else signing him up for that one.

Huknar
Huknar

Fantastic. I really hope Capaldi goes for the longest running New Who Doctor, and even better, longest running Doctor! Matt was cut short of a series I felt. :( 

Can't wait for the premiere, only two weeks to go!

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

Of course he's going to be back for Series 9. Was there any question of it?

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Come on, was there any doubt he will return? You don't give up your dream job after one year and fans have already given him a warm welcome. 

I hope he does the usual three series and maybe more.

jackwho007
jackwho007

hooray he's not another eccleston yippee

MoffatMustGO!
MoffatMustGO!

Let's hope he stays on long enough so I can become the 13th doctor

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I can't imagine Capaldi only wanting to do one series. He's sure to be back.

ClassicWhovian
ClassicWhovian

I don't think the Sun have been told this - I think they've made a headline out of something that is very likely to be true, but is not actually confirmation....


Timhogan
Timhogan

I hope Clara comes back for the 9th series as well.  As well as another addition or two, just hopefully not "love interests" for either.  They've assured us that the Doctor won't be all lovey and flirty, but I'm still hoping this Danny Pink fellow isn't a love interest of Clara.  We don't need another Mickey/Rory!

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

This is good news. But it's not surprising. At all. After Eccleston, I find it very hard to believe they'd cast an actor in the role without some kind of commitment to at least 2-3 series, whether verbal, contractual or whatever. Still, it's always nice to have confirmation (if anything The Sun reports can ever be considered "confirmation" prior to being verified by someone more reliable...). 

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@adamwright1989 I think that additional seasons give a Doctor something to build on, and if the quality remains high, his continued tenure strengthens him.  It's not an accident that the one universally revered Doctor - Tom Baker - also had the longest tenure.


In terms of New Who, Tennant's second and third seasons were stronger than his first, and Matt rode pretty high until the Ponds left (although it's hardly his fault that the season seven episodes had the poorest writing in all of New Who.) 


Capaldi will definitely be helped by remaining at least one additional season. He's a brilliant actor, but his Doctor started out very harsh; if he mellows, like the First Doctor did, it's going to be a very satisfying character arc. Possibly the events of the finale could spark him to remember the merits of compassion?

BJAMES
BJAMES

@simon delafield So why hasn't he (Eccleston) become "ill" do to his "workload" since? He done major motion pictures, and now is quite involved with HBO's "The Leftovers" (brilliant work by the way), and he hasn't become "ill". Please don't attempt to buy him excuses, whatever transpired on Doctor Who, he failed to look before he leaped. It happens.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Capaldi's a well regarded actor. He's already worked in a long-running TV series, countless Hollywood movies... I'm pretty sure he can handle this kind of stuff, perhaps better than his predecessors.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@Robotopia Actually, I'm not sure having anybody in the role for that long - not even the fabulous Tom Baker - is really that good for the franchise. When one Doctor becomes that entrenched, it's hard for anybody to follow him effectively. Davison did his absolute best, but Tom's departure started a slow downhill slide that accelerated when poor Colin took over. McCoy couldn't save it. Three series seems to be the optimum.

ClaireAbraham
ClaireAbraham

@jackwho007 Well, if he's not actively unhappy doing the show, like Eccleston was, why would he be?

JordanXeros
JordanXeros

I think the record should stay as it is. I believe Tom Baker once said in an interview that the only reason he played the part for so long, was because he needed money, and wanted to get away from normal life as soon as possible. Whereas, Capaldi is a massive fan of the show, he probably doesn't want to overdo it.

Gary Frey
Gary Frey

Christopher Eccleston has publicly said, he left the show due to the bullying by the higher department staff to those in lower job positions. It disgusted him, so he quit the show. Give him a break, I would take the same attitude as him. It's also why he didn't come back for the 50th, and why he dosn't really associate himself with DW anymore.

Luckily, things (supposedly) improved within the BBC, later on.

NumberNine
NumberNine

To be fair, the work load of being in the Leftovers, and a minor character in a few Hollywood movies isn't even close to the beast that is being the Doctor on Doctor Who. I agree that he didn't "look before he leaped", but I don't doubt his health troubles.

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

Yes. I really do have this much time on my hands. I also took the liberty of adding a sombrero. I should find something more productive to do. i60.tinypic. com/24g69ox. png 


BJAMES
BJAMES

@NumberNine If there's something we the public don't know, and it would be his right to keep private, perhaps you're right. But even just to take Thor the Dark World, which, considering the added burden of all that costume and makeup, he has had challenging shoots before. I think it has more to do with where ones head is. Actors and actresses commit to long grueling schedules all the time when their heads and hearts are in it. I comes with the gig. It's hard work, most especially an ongoing television series. But we haven't seen anyone else collapse. Eccleston was a happy accident for us, it's just a shame he walked away unhappy.

DoctorWhoIsMyLife
DoctorWhoIsMyLife

@11th's Sonic i know that there probably right and he wont pull a chris. but im just saying dont always trust the sun for future times.

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

Shhh. We agreed we'd keep this low-key, remember? <3 xo