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Breaking: Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who, to Be Replaced by Broadchurch Showrunner


It was just announced on Radio Times that Steven Moffat will be stepping down as Doctor Who showrunner, to be replaced by Broadchurch showrunner Chris Chibnall. This news comes on the heels of Moffat sharing his own thoughts on who he supposed should replace him in the showrunner’s seat.

The plan is thus: Moffat will finish out the next 12-part series, and be replaced by Chibnall for 2018. So we’ve still got one more year of Moffat before change comes. A new companion and everything will be in place before Moffat leaves.

Said Moffat:

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.

As a fan of Broadchurch, I gotta say I’m pretty excited about this change, actually. Also: figures that someone who worked with David Tennant on another show would end up on Doctor Who, no?

What say you, fans? Glad to see Moffat go? Are you excited about Chibnall coming in?

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