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!