Peter Capaldi's tenure as the Doctor may be about to be cut short - but not by a Dalek, or even the Master, but by BBC management.
According to The Mirror the BBC wants to essentially reset the show in the 2018, making it feel brand new again - and this means starting afresh with a new Doctor, and a new Companion.
The timing isn't a coincidence. 2018 is when the show's current executive producer, Steven Moffat will move on and when writer and creator of ITV's Broadchurch, Chris Chibnall will take the reins of the long-running show. The Mirror reckons that part of the thinking is that it will enable them to cast a younger Doctor and companion, and hope to pick up flagging merchandise sales.
If these rumours do turn out to be true, it won't be the last we see of Capaldi as the Doctor. He's set to return on Christmas Day and then in the new year in Moffat's final series at the helm. He'll be joined by a new companion - Pearl Mackie - who hasn't even appeared on screen yet. It would be a bit of a kick in the teeth for Capaldi though - who is a lifelong fan of the show. After he was appointed, a letter to the Radio Times he sent when he was 15 emerged.
But though it would be controversial, it could make sense too, from a creative perspective. It would enable the new producer to start with a blank slate and not be weighed down by the baggage laid on by previous stories. We would probably speculate that rather than make the transition a hard reboot, it will be something more like when the show was revived in 2005 - still technically part of the larger continuity, but pared back to the basics, at least initially. [The Mirror via Doctor Who TV]