The end of the Moffat Era of Doctor Who has been revealed. The BBC announced today Steven Moffat will exit the series as head writer and executive producer in 2017 at the conclusion of the show’s tenth season.
From the BBC:
After six incredible series at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who.
Steven took over the reins on Series 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels. Plus, the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi series with the Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the deadly Daleks in a feature length episode. Steven’s final series will air on BBC One in Spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016.
Broadchurch creator and EP Chris Chibnall, who penned several episodes of Doctor Who (“42,” “The Hungry Earth,” “Cold Blood, “Pond Life,” “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” “The Power of Three,” and “P.S.”) has been appointed Moffat’s successor on the show.
From Steven Moffat via the BBC:
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.
Season 10 of Doctor Who will air in spring of 2017, giving Moffat plenty of time to write his swan song episodes in the most epic way possible.
We can now begin to endlessly speculate if Peter Capaldi will exit the series with Moffat and allow Chibnall to start with a clean slate with the 13th Doctor.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 22, 2016