Peter Capaldi confirms the next season of Doctor Who will be his last

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May 3, 2017, 11:25 AM EDT (Updated)

Peter Capaldi's tenure in the TARDIS is officially coming to an end.

The actor confirmed to the BBC that the upcoming season will be his last on the long-running BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who. Capaldi has played the series' 12th Doctor since 2014 and is set to wrap his time in the role at the end of the upcoming 10th season later this year.

Capaldi's exit will also coincide with that of showrunner Steven Moffat, who has been guiding the ship since 2010. He will be replaced by Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall for Season 11.

With Capaldi on his way out, that means Chibnall will pretty much have a clean slate when he launches his first season at the helm. No word yet on whether Pearl Mackie's companion character Bill, set to be introduced in the new season later this year, will be sticking around after Capaldi leaves.

The last time we had a brand-new Doctor and companion was with the introduction of Matt Smith's 11th Doctor in 2010, which also introduced Karen Gillan's Amy Pond to the Whoniverse. 

The 10th season of Doctor Who is set to premiere in the spring on BBC America.

What do you make of Capaldi's exit? Who do you want to see in the role next? Is it finally time for Idris Elba (kidding, mostly)?