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Peter Capaldi to leave 'Doctor Who,' opening the door to new possibilities for the long-running character

Peter Capaldi to leave 'Doctor Who,' opening the door to new possibilities for the long-running character

In the course of a BBC radio interview Monday, Peter Capaldi announced that the coming season of "Doctor Who," a series in which he has starred since 2014 — yes, fans, not counting the 2013 Christmas special — would be his last. Capaldi, otherwise best known as the profane Malcolm Tucker in Armando Iannucci’s political comedies “The Thick of It” and “In the Loop,” inherited the role of a regenerating traveler in space and time from Matt Smith, who replaced David Tennant, who followed Christopher Eccleston, the first to play the character in Russell Davies' 21st-century reboot.

(For those unfamiliar with the show, which premiered in 1963 and whose next season begins in...

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