Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as Doctor Who showrunner - no new series until 2017
It's been on the cards for a while and now it is official; Steven Moffat has quit as the Doctor Who Showrunner. The man who brought us the Weeping Angels, Silence, Amy, Rory, Clara, River Song and of course three Doctors (Matt Smith, John Hurt and Peter Capaldi) took over the show in 2010. His sixth series as showrunner - series 10 - will be his last.
Chris Chibnall, who wrote episodes 42, the Silurian two-parter from series five and series seven episodes Dinosaurs On A Spaceship and The Power Of Three will be replacing Moffat from series 11. Chibnall is of course better known as the creator / writer of the BAFTA-winning Broadchurch. He is currently finishing work on the third and final series on ITV before heading over to the BBC to run Doctor Who.
On taking over the role, Chibnall told The Radio Times who broke the story that 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." - Radio Times
On Chibnall's new position and his own departure, Moffat added;
"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." - Radio Times
However, while change is a big part of Doctor Who, there is one big downside to this announcement; there will be no full series in 2016. Instead, Moffat will write a 2016 Christmas special - which may or may not feature the new companion and replacement for Jenna Coleman's Clara - before the new series airs in spring 2017 with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and the new companion in tow.
BBC One's controller, Charlotte Moore also made a statement, citing her decision to move series 10 to 2017 to make it a 'big event' before Chibnall's series 11 airs in 2018. Thanking Moffat for his efforts and calling him an 'absolute genius', Moore added;
"I've loved working with him, he is an absolute genius and has brought fans all over the world such joy. I will be very sad to see him leave the show but I can't wait to see what he will deliver in his last-ever series next year with a brand new companion." - BBC
There is no new yet on who the companion will be and whether they - or Peter Capaldi - will continue into the Chibnall era, or whether it will be clean slate like the start of Moffat's era in 2010.
Are you sad to see Moffat leave? Are you looking forward to what Chibnall brings to the show? We'll bring more news on these changes as we have it...