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New season of 'Doctor Who' delayed; Steven Moffat is stepping down as showrunner



The BBC announced Friday that Steven Moffat will be stepping down as lead writer and executive producer of the Doctor Who sci-fi series. Moffat will finish season 10, which the BBC will delay showing until 2017.

The series, which now stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, will be taken over by Chris Chibnall, who was showrunner for the detective series Broadchurch, starring David Tennant. Broadchurch was remade in the U.S. as Gracepoint, which also starred Tennant.

Moffat, who took the helm of Doctor Who in season 5, said in a statement, “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.”

Chibnall said in the statement, "Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC program: 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 4 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.”

BBC said there will be a Doctor Who Christmas special in 2016, but Moffat’s final season won’t be shown until 2017. 

[Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2016 8:34pm]


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