Steven Moffat
Steven Moffat

Breaking news! Steven Moffat, head of all things Doctor Who since 2010 and executive producer for the past five series, has announced that he is set to leave his showrunner role. Claiming that his “timey wimey” is finally drawing to an end, Moffat will bow out after Series 10, which has now been scheduled to broadcast in Spring 2017.

Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC One, had the following to say on Steven’s departure:

I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in Spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait!

In line to replace Steven is Chris Chibnall, current showrunner of ITV’s hit drama Broadchurch, which stars Tenth Doctor David Tennant. He will take the helm starting with Series 11, due to air in 2018. Chibnall has previously written episodes for the show including 42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three. Commenting on his exciting new position:

Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world.  So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.  Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.

There has also been confirmation that a Doctor Who Christmas special is still planned for 2016, however the one-off festive episode on 25th December will be our only dose of the show this year, with the exception of new spin-off Class written by Patrick Ness. It is unclear yet whether the new companion, replacing Jenna Coleman following her departure in Series 9, will appear in the Christmas special or during Series 10.

Once again, Doctor Who is set to regenerate itself all over again – but what can we expect from this bold new era of the show? Only time will tell!


  1. I’m a little skeptical of Chris Chibnall. I didn’t think his Doctor Who scripts were particularly good, and his time on Torchwood was utterly abysmal. But I’ve never seen Broadchurch or anything else that he’s done. He sounds like a big deal talent, the way people go one about him. I just wish that talent showed itself in his Doctor Who work.

    But, as always, I’m going to be open-minded about this. A new era of Doctor Who is always exciting whether it be a new Doctor or a new showrunner. I’ll miss Moffat, but I’m ready to see what Chibnall has in store for us.

  2. This quite surprises me. Considering Chris has only written not that many Episodes, of Doc Who.
    Having Moffat as Show Runner, I can see why they would, he wrote Empty Child, Blink, Silence In The Library, highly ranked Episodes of Doc Who. Chibnall, his Episodes are…Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve seen them.

    But, SERIOUSLY!? We’re ONLY getting the Christmas Episode, this year!?
    There better be a ton of Shorts, or Charity Specials, or something, to hld us, for this year, or something!

    Still, Here’s hoping Chibnall is able to do well, as Show Runner, Eh?

  3. So is Moffat leaving after series 10 or after Christmas 2017? Or will there be no Christmas special that year?

  4. It was obvious there’d be no series 10 this year because the 2015 Christmas special is on the series 9 box set. My main fear is that maybe they’re waiting a year because… they’re looking for a new actor to play the Doctor. Maybe. Idk. Hope not. I’ve seen series 1 of Broadchurch, but it’s so different a show to Doctor Who it’s really no indication to how he’ll go. He writes characters OK, so fingers crossed. One thing to remember is that the showrunner usually only writes three or four of the episodes in a series anyway, so if he’s crap, we can just skip the intro and finale

  5. It’s obvious that there will be a new Doctor to accompany the new writer even as Capaldi has said recently that he wanted to move on and 3 seasons seem to be the average for a Doctor. I don’t rate Chris Chibnalls episodes on Who, Broadchurch S1 was great, S2 wasn’t and the american version – Urgh. Also the amount of shows that he has been linked or associated with and only stayed for a single season or departed before the airing is shocking.

    I could be very wrong but despite the Moff haters I think the replacement is a mistake. The Moff has some of the best ever Who eps before he became show runner and was an obvious choice. This choice isn’t as obvious.

  6. Sean, everyone now claims that Capaldi has said he wants to move on, but I think he’s only said he has a Scottish sense of doom about everything and, just like everyone else, he won’t be doing DW forever. Everyone has jumped all over that, and blown it out of proportion, and drooled all over themselves declaring who his replacement should be NOW.

    Anyway… Chibnall? All that Torchwood drek, and a Silurian two-parter that worked better when it was done by the Pertwee era, and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, and Power of Three (which was at least good for introducing Kate Stewart)? I don’t want to watch Broadchurch to learn if it’s any better. Hey, I survived the lowest of the JNT era, the utter self-indulgence of RTD (though I took a looong time forcing my way through the DVDs), the worst bits of the Eleventh Doctor’s time (I liked Smith, but the writing??)… I shouldn’t be preemptively declaring that I’m done with this and out of here, but I just keep thinking… WTF, Chibnall??!

  7. I will give this, to Chinball, though…he did introduce us to Kate Stewart and Rory’s Father!

    Maybe, he’s planning on having a more U.N.I.T theme Season, maybe?


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