There are three big chunks of Doctor Who related news that you need to consume, digest and reflect on:
- After six years at the helm Steven Moffat is stepping down as show runner for Doctor Who.
- Chris Chibnall, writer of several Doctor Who episodes (42, The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, Pond Life, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Power of Three, P.S.) and also the guy behind Broadchurch is taking over as the new showrunner.
- There will be no new Doctor Who this year, leaving series 10 and Moffat’s big finale until 2017.
Personally, I am sad to see Moffat go. He has done so much to help push Doctor Who to a wider audience and his time in charge has seen some of my favourite episodes of the show happen. Seriously series 9 was some of the best sci-fi TV I have ever seen! That coupled with lots and lots of world building around the modern Doctor and what he stands for. It has been a brilliant ride and all the people celebrating like the Rebels have taken down the Emperor can honestly go do one.
Moffat has shaped Doctor Who into a global brand, built upon the past success of the show and taken it forward. Also it is thanks to him that the 50th Anniversary and The Day of The Doctor were as big of a deal as they were. His many triumphs should be recognised even if you did not enjoy his particular approach to the character and his style of story telling.
Here are Moffat’s words about leaving the show:
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.
As for Chris Chibnall taking over, I’m looking forward to it. The RTD to Moffat transition brought a huge line wide rebranding for Doctor Who, a new tone, a new Doctor and a renewed interest in referencing the past. So I am expecting similar changes this time around. So bring them on!
On a slight tangent, if Moffat leaving is also to be the end of Peter Capaldi’s time as The Doctor now might finally be the time to pull the trigger on the first female Doctor. Moffat has done a good job of both quietly and not so quietly laying the groundwork for it in several episodes of his run. Se despite my long held nervousness towards it (something to write about another day!) it would be interesting to see it play out.
The only problem is the wait for more Doctor Who! No more episodes until 2017! It is going to be a painful wait but I guess I can help the time pass by re-watching Moffat’s run on the show!