Latest ‘Doctor Who’ News: Capaldi Stays On, Tennant Returns, Sonic Glasses May Go

For fans of Peter Capaldi as the current Doctor Who (the twelfth Time Lord), it has been confirmed that he will continue on being the Doctor for at least one more season, according to the Mirror.

It had been previously suggested that the 57-year-old Scottish actor may be tiring of the role due to the nine months it takes to film 13 episodes each year. But, according to Capaldi, he is set on doing another year as the Doctor, and says that he will play the role for as long as fans of the show, and the BBC, want him to be the Time Lord.

Doctor Who Peter Capaldi signs on for at least one more year as Doctor Who [Photo from BBC]Capaldi was originally signed on for a two year contract after his predecessor, Matt Smith (Time Lord 11) left the role of Doctor Who. He has now signed on for a new, one-year deal, with another one-year option, as long as everyone is still pleased with the set up. A source at the BBC has been quoted in the Mirror as explaining how the next year or two will go for the legendary British sci-fi show.

“He loves playing the Doctor and of course we want him to do another series. Peter is keen to complete three years playing the Doctor to round off his storylines. That will take us until the end of next year. After that, who knows?”

While Capaldi is staying on, fortunately, for many Doctor Who fans who loathe one of the newer developments in the show, it may soon be gone. The replacing of the legendary Sonic Screwdriver with a pair of Sonic Sunglasses didn’t go down well with many, and a petition that was drafted to get rid of the glasses may actually work, according to the writer of the show, Steven Moffat. Or will it? Oh, who the heck knows with Steven Moffat. You never know what he has up his sleeve, and this is one of those times. But one thing he did make clear is that he is a fan of the glasses at MCM London Comic-Con, as reported in Radio Times.

Peter Capaldi sporting the loathed Sonic Sunglasses. Will they go? [Photo from BBC]

“As of now every kid with glasses is Doctor Who! Kid whose parents don’t want to shell out for a Sonic Screwdriver toy, just put on a pair of sunglasses, you’re Doctor Who! And best of all, every pin-brained celebrity walking into a party with shades on is now cosplaying Doctor Who! If it pricks the pomposity of uber celebs and turns an eye defect into a super power and confers star-magic on an old pair of sunglasses, what could be more Doctor Who than that?”

So, did Moffat put glasses on Doctor Who to improve the series, alienating some diehard purists of the show, or just to take a swipe at “pin-brained” celebrities? That seems to be what he is suggesting. And, boy does he have a dim view of celebrities.

Moving on from the quirky mind of Steven Moffat, there is in one last, exciting bit of Who news to report. It seems that the tenth Doctor, David Tennant, will be returning to his role (along with sidekick Catherine Tate, playing Donna Noble) for a new, three episode audio series created by a company called Big Finish.

doctor who David Tennant returns as Doctor Who in Big Finish audio series. [Photo from BBC]Radio Times quotes the producer of the series, David Richardson, discussing how his team has worked long and hard on the series, which is to be released in May 2016.

“This is one of those dream projects where I’ve spent months pinching myself. I’m covered in bruises … we’ve worked our socks off to try and make some very special stories for this box set. Expect adventure, fun, scares… and some tears too.”

So, there is plenty of excitement happening in the world of Doctor Who, especially, for some, the prospect of getting rid of those Sonic Sunglasses and bringing back the Sonic Screwdriver.

[Featured image from BBC]