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Deep Breath: Steven Moffat Quits Doctor Who
Radio Times has revealed Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has quit.
Steven Moffat has decided that his “timey wimey” as showrunner of Doctor Who has come to an end and he will step down as the show’s lead writer and executive producer after six series at the helm, RadioTimes.com can reveal.
Moffatt 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.
BBC1 has decided to air Moffat’s final 12-part series – the 10th of the modern era – in spring 2017. Chibnall’s debut series as head writer and executive producer will launch in 2018.
Radio Times says Moffat will start the end of his tenure with the 2016 Christmas Special.
BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore told them, “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.” And if you’re thinking it’s a big mistake to leave almost a whole year without Who, she added, “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!”
You may recall, talk of Moffat exiting the series has been happening a while. As recently as December he spoke to the Radio Times about it. “I take it a year at a time and that’s the only answer I’ll ever give on that one,” he said. “I won’t be leaving because I’m suddenly miserable. It’ll be because I want to do something else.”
The Radio Times also had this statement from the creator:
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.”
Besides the excellent Broadchurch, Chibnall worked on episodes of Doctor Who and was head writer and co-producer of the spinoff, Torchwood.
Questions? Comments? Loud exclamations?
[UPDATE] BBC America has posted their official announcement now. “After six incredible series at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who after next season,” they wrote. “Welcome to Doctor Who, Chris!”