A little more than three years after first taking on the role, Peter Capaldi has announced that he will soon step down as Doctor Who in the long-running BBC series of the same name. He first appeared as the iconic sci-fi character in a cameo for the show’s 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor.” Capaldi took over for Matt Smith, who played the Doctor from 2010 – 2013.
“One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best,” said Capaldi in a statement. “From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”
Capaldi, the 12th Doctor, will make his last appearance in this year’s Christmas special. Showrunner Steven Moffat will also be departing.