“Doctor Who” writer and executive producer “Steven Moffat” is stepping down as showrunner of the BBC TV series.
Chris Chibnall has been chosen to replace him at the start of Season 11 of “Doctor Who,” a show about a time traveling alien.
“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,” Moffat told RadioTimes.
“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,” Moffat added about passing over the torch to Chibnall who is known for being the writer behind such shows like “Broadchurch,” “The Great Train Robbery” and “Torchwood,” which is a spin-off of “Doctor Who.”
The 10th season of the popular BBC show which began in 1963, will air in Spring 2017 while Season 11 will launch in 2018 with new writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall.
According to Vox, Moffat took over from Russell T Davies in 2010 during the fifth season. His collaboration with the Eleventh Doctor portrayed by actor Matt Smith remains one of the most popular and critically acclaimed to date. The show currently features Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, which has also been quiet successful.
“’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,” Chibnall gushed about the opportunity to work on the series.
“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,” Chris Chibnall said about Steven Moffat.