Chris Chibnall to Replace Steven Moffat on DOCTOR WHO

Written by Andrew Pollard Saturday, 23 January 2016

TV News

Steven Moffat has certainly divided opinion amongst Doctor Who fans during his run on the show, but after six seasons he’s finally stepping down, with his replacement now revealed.

Moffat will serve as lead writer and executive producer for one last season next year before the being replaced by Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall. Chibnalls’ first episodes will air in 2018, which seems like a long way off but will likely be here before you know it. With no new Doctor Who season this year, the next time we see the famed Time Lord in a new outing will be in December’s festive special.

During his spell on the show, Moffat has been responsible for bringing in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi as the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, respectively. On his departure, he said, “Feels odd to be leaving when I’m just starting to work on the scripts of Season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. Whilst Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finished up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of Season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”

Chibnall himself added his thoughts, saying, “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC program: 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, whilst 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.”

So, how did you find Moffat’s run on this most legendary of genre shows? Happy to see him go or sad to see him leave? Let us know in the comments section.


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0 #3 Ian OBrien 2016-02-20 07:36
Moffat is like Marmite, love him or loathe him. I liked a lot of his stuff, but he brought in the Paradigm Daleks, big mistake. Then end of series 5, so many plot holes which were not explained until series 7. Then last years Heaven sent had so many plot holes he had to explain it in Doctor Who magazine, he did the same with other stories too. All well and good but the average viewer probably doesn't read it.
0 #2 Paul Carey 2016-01-23 16:09
I'm afraid good episodes seemed to be few and far between under Moffat. I never liked his fairy tale approach and the complete lack of internal logic in many of his episodes. Also too many gimmicky ideas that didn't work, Cyber Brig, Statue of Liberty weeping angel, too many fake deaths of regular characters. At least he didn't mess up to anniversary story, which I did like. Chibnall looks like he is well qualified for job.
0 #1 Paul Mount 2016-01-23 12:35
Let me think...

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