Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who After Series 10

Friday, 22 January 2016 - 5:20PM
Doctor Who
Friday, 22 January 2016 - 5:20PM
Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who After Series 10
Longtime showrunner Steven Moffat has officially announced his exit from Doctor Who. He will oversee this year's Christmas special and the tenth series, after which he will be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.

The tenth series was originally scheduled to air later this year, but has been pushed off until spring 2017. There will still be a Christmas special, followed by Moffat's final 12 episodes, and then Chibnall will take over in 2017.

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"Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I'm just starting work on the scripts for season 10," Moffat told RadioTimes, "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."
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Moffat has been a somewhat controversial showrunner, and fans will likely be divided over whether this is good or bad news, but there's no denying that this is the end of an era. Luckily, Chibnall seems more than qualified to take the reigns, as Broadchurch is a well-written, nuanced drama, especially in its highly acclaimed first season (and also happened to star a former Doctor, David Tennant). He previously wrote for the beloved sci-fi series Torchwood, and has already written several episodes of Doctor Who, including "The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood," "The Power of Three," and "P.S."
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