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Anthony Horowitz Says It’s “Unlikely” He’ll Take Over Doctor Who Showrunning From Steven Moffat

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English novelist Anthony Horowitz’s name inexplicably started being connected to Doctor Who this week in a showrunner capacity. “But… Steven Moffat is the showrunner,” you say. Indeed he is… indeed he is…

Ok, I’ll stop being weird now. posted this info:

Philip Morris, the well connected missing episode hunter who returned “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” to the BBC archive in 2013, has stated publicly that Horowitz’s name is the one seemingly in the frame and being talked about, a claim that has to be taken seriously thanks to Mr Morris’ connections made during his service to the show.

Horowitz, allegedly endorsed by Philip Hinchcliffe for the role, is the author of the Alex Rider series of novels (and Stormbreaker film) as well as The Diamond Brothers series, The Power of Five series and Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk. On television he has written for Robin of Sherwood, Poirot, Midsomer Murders and created Crime Traveller, Foyle’s War, Collision and Injustice.

Horowitz is also writing the sequel to Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. But if you’re a fan of his, or not a fan of Moffat’s, don’t get too excited. When someone on Twitter asked Horowitz about this rumor, he replied simply:

So there. But I’d wager the fact that this rumor was even out there is going to keep speculation going for a while.

(via Digital Spy, image BBC AMERICA/Amy Sussman)

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