In an interview on Wales Online Tuesday, Peter Capaldi revealed that he has not yet decided whether or not he will leave Doctor Who after the upcoming tenth season along with showrunner Steven “Stephen” Moffat, sending stocks of websites that specialize in speculating about whether or not Capaldi will leave Doctor Who soaring. The Mirror was up 15 points on the London stock exchange this morning, as Capaldi said in the interview:
I’ve been asked to stay on and I haven’t made my mind up about that yet, mainly because I don’t want to have to make that decision. I’m trying to avoid it!
While confirming that the BBC has asked him to stay on and the decision is up to him, Capaldi’s refusal to commit to either staying or leaving has created a sort of Schrodinger’s Capaldi type of situation, wherein Capaldi must be consider to be both staying on for the 11th season and leaving at the same time until the show actually airs and we find out. As a result, clickbait articles about his rumored departure will be viable for at least the next year.
Capaldi says that he’s in touch with other living Doctors about the decision, and that they all agree it’s a tough one. If Capaldi does stay on for the 11th season, he will turn sixty that year, of which he says, “That would be a good way to spend your 60th birthday, don’t you think?”
But it’s Capaldi who will be giving all of us in the media the birthday present if he decides to stay on. That means we’ll have a whole year of speculating about whether or not Peter Capaldi will leave Doctor Who before Season 12.