Moffat to Succeed Davies as DOCTOR WHO Showrunner

That sound you hear right now is millions of Doctor Who fans breathing a sigh of relief. You see, ever since word got out that Russell T Davies, the man who’s helmed the series since its return in 2005, would be leaving after producing four specials in 2009, we’ve all been a bit worried.

But now that the BBC has announced that Steven Moffat–the Hugo-winning writer who made Who fans quake in terror at (among other things) stone angels, gas masks, and the phrase “Are you my mummy?”–will be taking over as showrunner of the BBC series we’re all feeling a bit more relaxed about the future of our favorite Time Lord. That’s because Moffat has written what are arguably some of the best episodes of each of the show’s last three seasons.

He’s no newcomer to running a BBC show, either, after creating both the popular comedy Coupling and the six-part thriller Jekyll. In fact, Moffat seems tailor-made for Doctor Who, where both his razor-sharp wit and his gift for thrills and chills are showcased to marvelous effect.

“It’s been a delight and an honour working with Steven,” said Davies, “and I can’t wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor. Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night!”

Says Moffat: “My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back ‘cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven.”

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8 thoughts on “Moffat to Succeed Davies as DOCTOR WHO Showrunner

  1. WHOA! I didn’t actually think this would happen. I’ll miss Davies, but Moffat’s kinda great.

    Given Davies’ recent statement that Tennant’s RSC gig was a response to, rather than the cause of, the gap year, can we now assume this transition was the real cause? And can Moffat get Tennant to stay a year or two?

  2. ::joins Jo and dances wildly::

    This is my favorite television news this year. I think he’ll be brilliant as the show runner, and even if series 5 marks the end of the 10th Doctor’s time, I think he will handle it well.

    Moffat definite has an understanding the history of the show (see the commentary on The Girl in the Fireplace with Noel Clarke) but also has no qualms about taking it in a completely new direction or talking about things that are taboo to old school Who fans (see the story of The Girl in the Fireplace).

    In summary: Yay!

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