Steven Moffat leaving Doctor Who at the end of 2017

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There have been rumors going on for the past few years of showrunner Steven Moffat leaving Doctor Who, but was always dismissed by the BBC. It looks like this time, it’s for real.

According to RadioTimes, Moffat has decided to step down as the showrunner, lead writer, and executive producer at the end of 2017.

His replacement? According to the article, it will be Broadchurch writer and Doctor Who fan Chris Chibnall. After six seasons of running Doctor Who, Moffat’s final 12-part series will air in the spring of 2017 and air his final Christmas Special. Afterward, Chibnall will debut as showrunner in 2018.

After six seasons of running Doctor Who, Moffat’s final 12-part series will air in the spring of 2017 and air his final Christmas Special. Afterward, Chibnall will debut as showrunner in 2018.

The BBC announced there will only be a Christmas Special for 2016, meaning we will have to wait another year until we see the next season. Moffat’s final season will take place in the spring of 2017. So, we will have to wait a whole year before we see some more Doctor Who.

Moffat said of his plans to leave,

“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.”

BBC 1 controller Charlotte Moore said of the showrunner and his successor.

“I want to thank Steven Moffat for everything he has given Doctor Who – I’ve loved working with him, he is an absolute genius and has brought fans all over the world such joy,” she added. “I will be very sad to see him leave the show but I can’t wait to see what he will deliver in his last ever series next year with a brand new companion. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Chris Chibnall, a wonderfully talented writer who I know will bring something very special to the hit series.”

Chibnall, known for his brilliant work on Broadchurch, is a huge fan of Doctor Who and award-winning writer and executive producer. He’s worked on many shows, including Doctor Who and the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood. He said about his new role,

“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.”

Good-bye, Moffat. Thanks for the memories. Welcome to the Doctor Who family, Chris!

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