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.”
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