LONDON — Peter Capaldi, the latest incarnation of "Doctor Who," says he is quitting the lead role in the BBC science fiction series at the end of the year.
Capaldi joined the show in 2013. He says "it's been cosmic" but "it's time to move on."
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 30, 2017
The 58-year-old Scottish actor will star in a 12-episode series starting in April and make his exit in December.
"Doctor Who," first broadcast in 1963, is one of the BBC's most popular programs around the world.
Capaldi is the 12th actor to play the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through space and time.
The Doctor can regenerate into new bodies, and speculation began Tuesday about Capaldi's replacement. Favorites include Ben Whishaw — Q in the 007 films — and comic actor Richard Ayoade.