Peter Capaldi to tackle more 'challenging roles'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 February 2017
Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi is hoping that more "challenging roles" will come his way following his departure from 'Doctor Who'

Peter Capaldi wants to tackle more "challenging roles" following his exit from 'Doctor Who'.

The 58-year-old star became the 12th actor to take on the titular regenerating sci-fi character in 2013 and, following his decision to step down as the Time Lord, is now hoping that movie and television executives will approach him with some difficult, quirky, parts in the future.

Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, he said: "I really want to do a lot of things. I would love to be more edgier and stranger. 'Doctor Who' is very mainstream so there are whole areas of theatre, films and television that I would like to explore that are more esoteric."

Although portraying The Doctor has allowed bosses from around the world to see his talent, Peter has admitted he hated the fame that came with playing such an iconic role.

He said: "Some people take to it more easily than others. I was happy with my life the way it was."

The upcoming series is set to air this spring, but Peter says his run as the Time Lord will continue until the annual Christmas special at the end of this year.

Peter's decision to leave the show may not come as a shock to all fans as his exit will coincide with the departure of showrunner Steven Moffat - leaving the new show boss Chris Chibnall, the creator of the ITV crime drama 'Broadchurch', with a clean slate.

Speaking in a statement, 55-year-old Steven said: "Peter's amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard - Capaldi's not done with you yet!

"Like Peter, I'm facing up to leaving the best job I'll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter."

Whilst Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: "He has been a tremendous Doctor who has brought his own unique wisdom and charisma to the role."

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