Scottish actor Peter Capaldi is reportedly set to leave hit TV show
next year, as lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat steps down.
Moffat, who took charge of the show in 2010, has announced he will depart at the end of the upcoming 10th season next year, and now it has emerged current Time Lord Capaldi could be exiting along with him.
Chris Chibnall, the producer of hit British drama Broadchurch, will replace Moffat.
"Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven leaves," a source tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.
"They've been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris his own choice of actor to play the Doctor. They hope he will be able to find someone who can have the same impact as Matt Smith did when Steven Moffat kicked off his run as executive producer."
Moffat previously declared of his decision to leave, "Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I'm just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out."
The Thick of It star Capaldi made his debut as Doctor Who in season eight in 2014, taking over from Matt Smith, and he will return for season 10 in 2016.
However, Capaldi recently hinted he could soon be leaving the show, telling Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "This could be my final year - it's terrifying. I love Doctor Who, but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things.
"When you accept the job you know there'll come a day ... when you'll be saying goodbye."