Doctor Who Showrunner Steven Moffat Ends His Run After Six Years
Six years after taking the helm, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the main writer and executive producer. He is making way for Chris Chibnall, an equally famous director in the eyes of “Whovians” everywhere, known for being the head writer of Torchwood, a Doctor Who spinoff. Moffat’s final series will begin airing on BBC One in spring 2017, following a 2016 hiatus, in which only a single Christmas Special will air. Chibnall’s run will most likely begin airing in 2018.
Steven Moffat will remain in the thoughts of many as being the person who created many iconic characters, such as Clara Oswald, Amy Pond, River Song, and Missy, besides introducing two doctors, the Eleventh and the Twelfth, portrayed respectively by Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. He also introduced one of the more beloved villains, the Weeping Angels, in the fan-favorite episode “Blink,” in the third series of the reboot. The show celebrated its 50th anniversary during his tenure with a feature length episode starring three doctors at the same time. Chibnall said that he sees this opportunity as a privilege as he has been a fan of the show since he was a little boy, declaring that Moffat’s run was so great that it makes his life difficult, as the bar has been raised.
BBC officials stated that they are thankful to Moffat for everything he has done and are preparing a massive BBC event for Moffat’s finale. His last series will air in 2017, due to various reasons, but what is interesting is that it will feature a brand new companion. They added that Chris Chibnall will be the perfect successor not only because of his vision of the character and the story but also because of the passion with which he approaches Doctor Who, promising a real treat for Doctor Who fans everywhere. Although this year will lack a Doctor Who season, the 2016 Christmas Special is already being made and is eagerly awaited by many.