Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat is Stepping Down

The era of Moffat is at an end…in 2017.  That’s right Steven Moffat is ending his tenure as head writer/showrunner of the hit BBC series, Doctor Who.  

However, his departure won’t come until after this next series ends.  A series you won’t be able to see until Spring 2017.  Instead, the only Doctor Who we will be seeing, in 2016, is the annual Christmas Special.

BBC1 Controller, Charlotte Moore, explains why, “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. 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!”

The man replacing Moffat is actually the creator of another BBC hit drama, Broadchurch. The mind-bending crime drama was created by Chris Chibnall and actually has ties to Doctor Who.  The star of Broadchurch is none other than Doctor Who Alum, David Tennant.  Chibnall will begin his tenure once Moffat’s last series is over and Broadchurch wraps up.

Moffat had this to say about his departure, “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.”

There’s no telling if Doctor Who will consistently air in the Spring, after 2017.  However it is worth noting that, when Russell T. Davies brought back the series it was released in the Spring.

A lot of fans may not be too heartbroken over the news of Moffat’s departure.  Moffat took considerable criticism over his development of female characters, Clara to be exact.  However, you can’t deny that Moffat had a hand in some of the best moments in Doctor Who history.  In fact, he helped to bring Doctor Who into modern times with quality camera-work and storylines.  

Despite Moffat’s work, I can’t help but be thrilled over the hiring of Chris Chibnall as head writer/executive producer. Broadchurch is a terrific crime mystery that had fans on the edge of their seats for 3 series.  His work on that show has me excited for the prospect of drama he’ll bring to the Doctor Who Universe.  Early on in Moffat’s era, he provided an incredible storyline with Matt Smith‘s Doctor.  However over the latest series with Peter Capaldi, the story has lacked that juice we’ve come to expect from Doctor Who.  Hopefully, Chibnall, being the Doctor Who superfan he is, will help restore Doctor Who to the series fans fell in love with, in the first place.

The Doctor Who Christmas Special will debut Christmas 2016.  There are rumblings the Doctor’s new companion could be introduced, then.

Doctor Who’s 10th Series will begin in Spring 2017 and will mark the end of the Moffat era.

Chibnall’s era will begin with the 11th Series in 2018.

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