The forthcoming tenth series of the regenerated Doctor Who will be the last for head writer and showrunner Steven Moffat. Having worked on the hit series since its revival, Moffat started out as a writer giving us memorable episodes such as Blink, The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances. When showrunner Russell T Davies stood down and took David Tennant with him, there were doubts that Doctor Who could continue without them. Thankfully, Moffat proved the naysayers wrong and introduced the youngest Doctor to date in the form of Matt Smith.
The BBC has named Broadchurch creator and occasional Doctor Who writer Chris Chibnall as Moffat’s replacement. Speaking in a BBC press release, Moffat confirmed that his time on the TARDIS was coming to an end.
"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.”
A change in the creative team is just as important to the longevity of the series as regenerating The Doctor, and Chibnall is a fine choice to succeed Moffat. That said, I have deliberately left the most crushing Doctor Who announcement until last, so I hope you’re sitting down. Series ten will be returning to its traditional springtime launch, but we won’t be seeing it on our screens until 2017. That’s right folks; there will be no Doctor Who in 2016 aside from the annual Christmas special.
Earlier this year, Peter Capaldi speculated about his future in the role and hinted that the forthcoming series could be his last. I think it is safe to assume that his tenure will also be coming to a close, a clean slate did wonders for Moffat’s run and saw the show crack America in a big way.