The BBC has this week announced that the showrunner of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat will be stepping down from the show after the conclusion of its next season.
Taking his place as showrunner, will be the creator of Broadcurch Chris Chibnail.
His final season will be the tenth since Doctor Who was revived, and will air in Spring 2017, as Moffatt explained with the following statement:
“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 on 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 Chibnail will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And i will be thrown in a skip.” Via BBC Newsbeat (Twitter)
Moffat is only the second person to take the spot since it was revived, taking over from Russell T.Davies in 2010, before which he wrote a number of episodes for the series including Blink and Silence in the Libary.
Chilbnail also won’t be entering without past experience, having already wrote several Doctor Who episodes, as well as serving as a head writer for Torchwood.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the series changes under Chilbnail’s control, but since he won’t take the reign till 2018, we still have a lot of Moffat’s episodes to look forward too.