In news that is certain to please the people who hate Doctor Who the most (Doctor Who fans), comes the BBC-branded bombshell announcement that showrunner Steven Moffat will be stepping down from his duties on the series once the tenth season has run its course. The man in charge of Doctor Who for six seasons now, Moffat’s final season will air in 2017 and see him replaced by Chris “Broadchurch” Chibnall.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Chibnall happened to be the writer on episodes such as 42, The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, Pond Life, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Power of Three and PS. Moffat’s confirmed his upcoming departure to Radio Times, commenting that it “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.
Which also means that the Doctor will only be around for a Christmas special in 2016, before Moffat pens his swansong for the 2017 season. Which is apparently all the fault of the Olympics, if BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore is to be believed: