Fans might be campaigning for various actors like Tilda Swinton or Ben Whishaw to take on the title role in Doctor Who. But incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall actually did a bit of his own campaigning earlier this year – to try and keep Peter Capaldi in the Tardis.
Obviously, Chibnall was unsuccessful, as Capaldi announced his departure last month. Still, it didn’t happen without at least some significant pushback from the man who will be in charge of the Time Lord and his universe.
Steven Moffat, who will leave Doctor Who as its showrunner following the upcoming season, told Broadcast Chibnall really thought he could convince Capaldi to break the unwritten rule about how long actors should stay on the series.
“It took Peter a long time to make up his mind. Chris tried to persuade him to stay. I knew it was a possibility that he’s leave because Doctors tend to do three years. I thought that he might want to opt out, rather than go through the trauma of a change in command and maybe leaving a year later anyway.
“But I think he came close to staying.”
Capaldi took over the role officially in 2014, although he popped up for some brief moments during the 50th anniversary celebration of the franchise and its aftermath the year before. He replaced Matt Smith, who was the first actor to take on the role during the Moffat era.