The cast and crew of Doctor Who cried while watching a preview of Peter Capaldi’s final episode as the TV Time Lord.
Mark Gatiss has written some of the show’s most popular episodes and appears as a mysterious soldier, known as The Captain, in the upcoming Christmas special, which will serve as Capaldi’s last outing as the Doctor.
The show will also be Steven Moffat’s last as Doctor Who showrunner, and Mark says all the departures made everyone involved with the episode very emotional.
Asked about his involvement with the episode on U.K. breakfast show Lorraine, he said, “Earlier this year Steven said to me, ‘Will you keep the summer free because I’ve written a part for you in Peter’s last story and I want you to be there when I go’.
“We were all in tears. It was the screening the other night and we were all in tears, I’m afraid. It’s happy/sad.”
The screenwriter and actor said he became especially emotional due to his closeness to Steven, with whom he created the hit detective drama Sherlock, adding, “It was a very touching thing.”
Peter will be replaced by the first female Doctor, British actress Jodie Whittaker, and Mark admits that despite his sadness over old friends departing the show, he can’t wait to see Jodie in action.
“I think it’s a fantastic choice, Jodie, it’s a whole new era,” he smiled, “and I don’t know anything about it which is a position I’ve not been in since 2004. Yes (it’s strange) but it’s nice.”
Moffatt is being replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who has also been working on a TV adaptation of Dracula with the Sherlock co-creators.
Mark added that he and his writing partner would also like to revisit Sherlock, but there are currently no plans in place to bring Benedict Cumberbatch back as the fictional detective.
He explains, “We deliberately left it (Sherlock) in a sort of happy place, where we could go back. We have no plans at the moment. Steven and I are going to do Dracula.”