ACTOR Peter Capaldi has hinted the pressure of being the Doctor Who made him call time on the hit BBC show.
Over 75 countries simultaneously broadcast the 50th anniversary special The Day Of The Doctor.
The 60-year-old actor – a lifelong fan – said being the 12th incarnation of the Time Lord was “a lot of work” in an interview in Australia yesterday.
Filming can take up to 10 months a year, with locations for newcomer Jodie Whittaker’s first series including South Africa.
Capaldi, who was in Australia for a series of fan conventions, completed three series of the hit show.
He said: “Doctor Who is a great show and experience but to be at the centre of that brand is a lot of work.
“There’s a lot more than just acting.
“It was hard to maintain that level of commitment with that schedule any longer.
“I tried my best to make the doctor come alive.”
Capaldi said he was overwhelemed by the attention from fellow fans.
“I’m very surprised to find how deeply affectionate (fans) are and how passionate they are about the show. I always find it hard to give people enough of myself.”
He added he was enjoying taking things easy now saying: “I’m going to rest.”