Doctor Who will only air a Christmas Special in 2016 with Moffat singing off his tenure in 2017 with one last series.
The Radio Times has announced that Steven Moffat, who joined the show as head writer in 2010 at the start of Matt Smith’s era, will end his ‘timey-wimey’ with series 10.
The site also confirms that Chris Chibnall will assume control of the TARDIS following Steven Moffat’s decision to step down.
Whilst Moffat is hit-and-miss with Doctor Who audiences, one cannot refute that Moffat has written some of the best episodes of the sci-fi show ever. Listen, Blink, Silence in the Library and Heaven Sent are so engrossing and frightening that Moffat will always be remembered fondly.
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.”
Chibnall, the writer behind Broadchurch and its failed American remake Gracepoint, which incidentally starred former Doctor Who David Tennant, will assume control of the show. I really don’t know what to make of this announcement. Broadchurch’s first season is truly fantastic whilst its second season and Gracepoint are anything but. He has written episodes of Torchwood and Doctor Who and produced episodes of varying quality.
Regardless, Chibnall said: “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.”
With Moffat leaving and Capaldi hinting that his time as the Doctor may come to an end soon, one has to assume that Capaldi will leave with Moffat and Chibnall will cast a new star in the titular role.
As with any regeneration, it comes with conflicted feelings of excitement and worry – as is the constant aura that surrounds the often-fantastic Doctor Who.