Capaldi even left a touching farewell message for fans during his final shoot, but it was still business as usual, with the actor as committed as ever to giving the Doctor Who audience a good performance.
Episode writer and departing showrunner, Steven Moffat said that getting Capaldi’s send off right “took whatever emotions we were both having about leaving and put them on screen where they belong”.
Moffat added: “By the time we got to that part of filming I think Peter and I were probably the least emotional on set because we’d put it all in the show!”
Radio DJ and friend of Capaldi Jo Whiley said when it came to the final episode, he wanted to do Doctor Who justice, putting all of his energy into it and doing it to “the very best of his abilities”.
Christmas special star Mark Gatiss said: “I’m sure that as he got to the last few days the sense of finality will have sunk in. You know, ‘That’s the last time on location, that’s the last time I’ll run down a corridor, that’s the last time I fight a monster…’ But it was a really joyous shoot to be a part of. ”