Steven Moffat Passes ‘Doctor Who’ Reigns To Chris Chibnall

Steven Moffat has decided to end his time as 'Doctor Who' Showrunner

Steven Moffat, who has been the head writer on ‘Doctor Who’ since 2010 has decided that series 10 will be his last.

The Executive Producer will hand over the keys to the TARDIS at the end of the next series in 2017 to ‘Broadchurch’ writer and Doctor Who fan Chris Chibnall.

BBC 1 has decided to hold off on airing Moffat’s final series until Spring of 2017, but a Christmas episode overseen by  Steven Moffat will air towards the end of this year and will introduce the Doctors new companion.

The companion, who will replace Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald, will definitely be in place for the spring 2017 series, say BBC sources.

Explaining the decision to hold Moffat’s last series until next year, BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: “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!”

It is not known if ‘Doctor Who’ will continue to air in the Spring when Chibnall takes over. According to the BBC that decision is yet to be made.

Moffat said of his decision to quit: “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing 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 is no stranger to the ‘Doctor Who’ Universe or the extended universe. The writer producer served on the second season of ‘Torchwood’ prior to doing ‘Broadchurch’ and as Moffat points out. He is a worthy replacement.

Chris Chibnall is more than happy to be taking over from Moffat and said: “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.”

(Via Radio Times)

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One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    23 January 2016 at 12:30 am -

    On the one hand, I’m glad they’re taking next year off to regroup and avoid the Olympics. On the other hand, I really hope Capaldi doesn’t leave for a while yet. I’ve gotten attached.

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