BBC have announced that Steven Moffat’s next series of Doctor Who, Series 10 will be his last. Chris Chibnall will take over as new Head Writer and Executive Producer.

Chris has written some fantastic Doctor Who episodes and created one of my favourite guest characters, Nasreen Chaudhry. His episodes include 42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Power of Three and mini-episodes Pond Life and P.S.. Chris’s other work includes eight episodes of Torchwood, Series One and Two of Life on Mars, Broadchurch and The Great Train Robbery.

The news that Series 10 has been put off until 2017 seems a bit of a shock, despite earlier rumours that 2016 would only see feature-length specials. The spin-off series Class will run this year. But we’re only going to get the one Doctor Who special for Christmas.

I’m very sad to see Steven go but I’m glad he’ll be there to introduce the next Doctor Who companion/s. The companions during Steven’s run have been my favourites. And Nasreen. Don’t forget Nasreen as a contender.

Here’s the press release:

After six incredible series at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who.

Steven took over the reins on Series 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels. Plus, the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi series with the Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the deadly Daleks in a feature length episode. Steven’s final series will air on BBC One in Spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016.

Steven Moffat says: “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.”

Like Steven, Chris Chibnall is also a lifelong Doctor Who fan and a multi-award winning writer and executive producer. He has most recently achieved huge success with the triple BAFTA winning hit ITV series Broadchurch. His other credits include BAFTA nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars and Torchwood. Chris Chibnall’s debut series will launch in 2018.

Chris Chibnall, new Head Writer and Executive Producer : “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world. So 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 four 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.”

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One says : “I want to thank Steven Moffat for everything he has given Doctor Who – I’ve loved working with him, he is an absolute genius and has brought fans all over the world such joy. I will be very sad to see him leave the show but I can’t wait to see what he will deliver in his last ever series next year with a brand new companion. 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! I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Chris Chibnall, a wonderfully talented writer who I know will bring something very special to the hit series.”

Polly Hill, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “Like Charlotte I would like to thank Steven for his brilliance, which has made Doctor Who a global hit under his tenure. Chris Chibnall is the perfect successor to take over the reins of this incredible show, so I am delighted that his love for Doctor Who has made it impossible for him to resist! Chris is an incredible writer and his vision and passion for Doctor Who gives it an exciting future and promises to be a real treat for Doctor Who fans across the world.”


About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

10 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    Botheration – no Dr Who until next year – call me cynical, but I wonder if there are other reasons apart from the sporting ones quoted in the press release….The BBC is desperately trying to save money and has cut a number of services such as the red button service.

    • Olga Hughes

      I am sure there are (I just heard a rumour that Peter Capaldi had some other commitments although I have not read anything yet). I’d have thought Doctor Who was one of their better investments though!

      • Jasmine

        You would think so, but the people who run the BBC are not known for their business acumen. They got rid of Jeremy Clarkson and with him went the rest of the highly successful and very lucrative Top Gear team and the current attempts to start a new series with Chris Evans appears to be running into a lot of trouble. Most of the remaining production team from the original series have left, their chosen racing driver (David Coulthard) has gone off to Channel 4 and it looks like they may miss their May debut!

      • Olga Hughes

        I don’t know that they had much choice with Clarkson actually, I felt a bit sorry for them. They couldn’t really let it go unpunished, but the fact is the show will never be as good without those three. I don’t even care about cars at all and I used to enjoy it, they have a really good chemistry.

  2. Jasmine

    They had been trying to get rid of him for some time, but unfortunately this time, his contract was coming up for renewal which provided the ideal opportunity. I agree – I don’t like cars much either, but the three of them were very entertaining.

    Strangely, Clarkson and his producer Andy Wilman actually owned the Top Gear format, but they had recently sold it to the BBC which also indirectly led to the feeling perhaps that the BBC could do without JC – time will tell.

    • Olga Hughes

      Well I am sure the BBC has made Amazon very happy! Apparently they spent an outrageous amount on the new show and they’re thrilled with it.

      • Jasmine

        In the meantime, the airwaves are full of repeats of Top Gear LOL.

  3. Banditqueen

    How anyone can compare a car worshipping speed program with bad tempered and loud testosterone wielding men with little brains to a highly entertaining, educational, highly successful program like Dr Who is beyond me?

    The BBC had to get rid of Jeremy Clarkson, who was lucky not to face criminal charges under the Public Offences Act. Dr Who was unfortunate that certain sporting events were on, was also on later, due to increased adult themes being explored, and, most people probably record and then watch it anyway. It’s the same with many popular drama and cultural programs, not only on the BBC but every side. If the live ratings go below ten million, it is cancelled, never counting people who watch on demand, record or watch later in the week. How do these people know exactly who is watching what at the time, anyway? Polls about shows don’t give an accurate report. Budget cuts will not affect Dr Who, it is too popular. The BBC are pretty stupid, they don’t have a death wish. Yes, the beeb may have gone down the road of game show mania, ridiculous reality TV, (better known as I want to be on TV for being mundane), but there are still far more dramatic programs, films, documentaries, special interest shows and good quality entertaining series than other terrestrial stations.

    We had this with David Tennant when he left, no series was aired that year, just a number of specials. Just because all that has been announced up to now is the Christmas special, does not mean that more are not in the pipeline for Easter or one or two one offs later on. You never know, it has happened before.

    • Jasmine

      It would be interesting to learn which was the biggest money spinner for the BBC – Dr Who or Top Gear.

      The producer JC punched refused to press charges. The police investigated the incident but because he wouldn’t press charges, no criminal action could be taken.

  4. Underdogge

    I’ve just read this. It looks like I need to cut Chibbers a bit of slack. I knew him for “Camelot” (the Starz version, not the musical) which I loathed with a passion but some of his previous work cited above has indeed not been bad at all.

    It’s true that BBC has made cuts and for all I know is still making them. BBC3 has become an online station now. It was mainly aimed at younger viewers (which I can’t claim to be) but it did have some slightly off the beaten track shows. I liked “Drop Dead Gorgeous” a few years ago and more recently “Orphan Black” (though to be fair the latter originated on BBC America – Tatiana Maslany is one non-British person whose version of a British accent doesn’t either make me cringe or want to laugh).