Peter Capaldi wrapped up his run as the Twelfth Doctor recently, bringing an end to his three-year tenure as the Time Lord. But does that mean he's good and truly done with the character? Not so fast. As Capaldi recently explained, you're never really finished with Doctor Who. It may be Jodie Whittaker taking over Tardis duties on the upcoming season, but don't rule out a return from number twelve down the line.
The Doctor Who veteran recently was a guest at Wizard World Comic Con in Austin. During a panel, Peter Capaldi was asked about his final moments on set playing the Doctor. He explained that, once he finished shooting his last scene, sad as it may have been, he had a sense that this wasn't really going to be the end of his relationship with the long-running sci-fi series. Here's what Capaldi had to say.
"When I finished, well, you never really finish with Doctor Who. It was sad, but not as sad as you think it is because you never leave."
This is clearly Peter Capaldi teasing that he could return at some point in the future during the show's run. As exciting as this may be, it shouldn't necessarily come as a huge surprise for longtime fans. Doctor Who has a very long history of bringing back previous iterations of the Doctor for special episodes. This is a series dealing with time travel, after all. So it wouldn't be at all out of the question to have the Twelfth Doctor return for a guest spot and Capaldi seems well aware of that fact. And more than a little open to the idea.
But that could be a long time off, as we've only just said goodbye to Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who. When Doctor Who season 11 premieres this fall, it will be Jodie Whittaker at the forefront as the show's first ever female Doctor. It's something that has much of the fanbase extremely excited, while others are resistant to such a dramatic change. However, Capaldi expressed nothing but joy during the panel, as he's looking forward to seeing what the former Broadchurch actress brings to the table this season.
"I think Jodie is pretty exciting. She'll be amazing."
Jodie Whittaker brings with her three new companions in the form of Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh). We've also got a new showrunner in Chris Chibnall, who worked with Whittaker on Broadchurch. He takes over for Steven Moffat, who had been with the show ever since it was relaunched in 2005. The BBC recently announced that Doctor Who season 11's premiere episode, titled The Woman Who Fell to Earth, on Sunday, October 7, with the show airing on Sundays for the first time in its long history. Peter Capaldi won't be there anymore, but don't be surprised if he pops back at after some time has passed.