Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has announced his departure from the series.
Moffat will hand over the reins to Broadchurch‘s Chris Chibnall, after his final 12 episodes air next Spring. There will be no new series this year, though there will be a Christmas special in December.
In a statement, Moffat was full of praise for his successor;
“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.”
Chibnall’s association with Doctor Who began in 2007 when he wrote the episode ’42’, before working under Moffat and previous showrunner Russell T Davies. He also wrote ‘The Power of Three’ in 2013. He also worked on spinoff show Torchwood, before moving onto further success with Broadchurch on ITV.
Inevitably, Chibnall is looking forward to taking over;
“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 4 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. Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.”