‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner Announces His Departure From The Show

By January 22, 2016

We all knew this day was going to come Doctor Who fans, but it’s still shocking nonetheless.

After taking over for Russell T. Davies in the fifth season of this generation’s Doctor Who, showrunner Steven Moffat has officially announced his departure from the show. The writer revealed the news through the UK’s Radio Times Magazine, which was later confirmed by the official Doctor Who Twitter account. Moffat will be leaving the show after its tenth season concludes, which could also mean we might want to expect a new Doctor to be making an appearance around the same time as well, I’d guess.

That’s not all though.

Broadchurch writer and die-hard Who fan, Chris Chibnall will officially be stepping on as the Who showrunner following Moffat’s departure. The long-time showrunner commented on the announcement with the following:

“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.”

Moffat has previously discussed his eventual departure for the past number of years, as Who fans have been acutely aware of the possibility, often while discussing the immense amount of responsibility involved with the job of a showrunner, and the expectations that must be met from Doctor Who fans everywhere. After giving us two Doctors though, including Matt Smith’s beloved Eleven, and Peter Capaldi’s Twelve (who’s place in the Doctor rankings is yet to be determined), there’s no way to undermine the impact that Moffat has had on the Who community for years now, even before he stepped on as showrunner.

The tenth season of Who will be made up of 12 hour-long episodes and will premiere in the UK in Spring of 2017, with Chibnail’s season set to premiere in 2018. Moffat will still play a role in the 2016 Christmas special though, according to the report. After some of the most memorable storylines and episodes in Who history under his belt too, I think it’s fair to say that Moffat will be leaving with an accomplished run to go along with his name.

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