So it’s official, there will be no Series 10 of Doctor Who this year; not only that, but Steven Moffat has also decided to step down as showrunner after Series 10, which will air in Spring of 2017. The new showrunner will be Chris Chibnall, who wrote Doctor Who episodes 42, The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, Pond Life, The Power of Three and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. Chris Chibnall’s Series 11 will then air in 2018.
It’s not ALL bad news though, we are definitely getting a Christmas Special this year, which may or may not introduce Peter Capaldi’s new companion, replacing Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald who departed in Hell Bent last year.
Charlotte Moore, the BBC 1 controller has said “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!” She also said “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,” she added. “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 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.”
Speaking of his impending departure, Steven Moffat said “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.”
Whilst this may be bad news for Whovians, luckily for us Chris Chibnall has also shared his two cents saying “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.”
Here at GallifreyArchive, we’d like to say good luck to Steven writing his final series of Doctor Who, welcome to Chris and we hope that you’ll enjoy writing the show as much as we enjoy watching it and we’re sure you’ll do well!
Whilst this certainly was an article I didn’t think I’d be writing at this very moment, it also means we’ll have to rethink what we put on the site. A revised timetable will be uploaded in the upcoming days.