Steven Moffat, the long time show runner for BBC’s massively popular Doctor Who series is stepping down, to be replaced by Broadchurch, and fellow Doctor Who writer Chris Chibnall. While this news has been brewing for a while now, it is a sad announcement for Who fans the world over, as it also means the only new episode we will get in 2016 will be a Christmas Special.
Steven Moffat will hand over the reigns after the 10th series of the modern era, which will begin in 2017. Chibnall debut as series head writer, and executive producer will air in 2018. Moffat’s final series will run 12 episodes and will start in spring, 2017.
A Christmas special will be the only episode to air in 2016, which will be overseen by Moffat, and has yet to announced if The Doctor will get his new companion in that episode, or if it will wait until the spring when the next series begins. The replace for Jenna Coleman, has been announced to definitely be in place for the 2017 series, however.
BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said of the decision to hold off the next series until 2017, “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!”
Steven Moffat has led us through some very dark episodes, and very sad ones as well, and I would like to say thank you to him for his wonderful, fantastic time on the show. He will be missed, and I wish Chris Chibnall all the best luck as the top guy, and hopefully he doesn’t kill off too many big names characters. Tell us what you think in the comments below, and as always don’t forget to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.