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Television PopWrapped | Television

Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who, 'Broadchurch' Creator Taking Over The TARDIS

Michelle Dawson | PopWrapped Author

Michelle Dawson

01/30/2017 5:46 pm
PopWrapped | Television
Steven Moffat Leaving Doctor Who, 'Broadchurch' Creator Taking Over The TARDIS | Doctor Who
Media Courtesy of Collider

Well, Whovians, it's official; Steven Moffat has announced season 10 will be his last. Moffat will be making his exit at the end of 2017 when his final 12 episodes air in the Spring. Broadchurch creator, Chris Chibnall will be taking over the TARDIS in 2018.

Moffat said of his departure, "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 is a lifelong Whovian with a long list of impressive credits under his belt including The Great Train Robbery, Life On Mars and Torchwood. Chibnall said of joining the Who family, "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."

Season 10 could also be the final year for Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. Earlier this year, Capaldi alluded to the possibility of leaving to pursue other projects. We saw Jenna Coleman (Clara) leave the show during the last Christmas special and there has yet to be an announcement regarding who will be replacing her. And unfortunately, it's looking like a pretty light year for Doctor Who as there will only be a Christmas special airing in 2016 and no new episodes until the Spring of 2017.


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