Last night “Doctor Who” fans were shocked as longtime showrunner and writer Steven Moffat announced his departure from the series. But don’t worry, additional writer Chris Chibnall is prepared to step in and take over.
Moffat’s final work with the show will wrap up in Spring 2017. It’s going to be a huge event for BBC during that time; on top of Moffat’s final 12 episodes, they will also be airing the Euros ( UEFA Women’s Championship) and the 2017 Olympics.
Steven Moffat has been the showrunner for Doctor Who since 2008, when asked about his decision to quit, he had this to say “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.”
You may know Chris Chibnall as the writer/creator of the hit British televsion crime drama “Broadchurch”, starring former Doctor, David Tennant. But Chibnall also has experience in the Whoniverse as co-producer and head writer of the first 2 seasons of the “Doctor Who” spin off show “Torchwood”.
On top of that, Chibnall has had great success working on “Grace Point”, “Camelot” and “Law & Order UK” to name a few; with such an impressive resume, the future of “Doctor Who” feels secure.
Hand over that Tardis key and “Allons-y”