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‘Doctor Who’ executive to leave the show

One of the team behind the current series is heading for pastures new

Doctor Who executive producer Beth Willis has announced her departure from the show.

Willis, who came on board the science fiction show at the same time as showrunner Steven Moffat and current Doctor Matt Smith, is leaving to join independent production company Kudos Film And Television.

Responding to her departure, Moffat said in a statement: “Well we couldn’t keep her forever, though God knows I tried. Beth Willis is off to be brave and brilliant in brand new ways, and the sad news for Doctor Who is that from now on it will be somewhere else.”

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He continued: “This show owes more to her fearlessness and honesty than I have time to explain… and [we all] wish her the very best at Kudos.”

Describing her time on the show as “the most fantastic experience,” Willis said: “The opportunity to return to Kudos, a company whose creativity is so inspirational was a temptation I couldn’t resist. The plans taking shape for the next series of Doctor Who and for the 50th Anniversary are beyond exciting, and with Steven Moffat at the helm, this incredibly special time for the show is in very safe hands.”

Beth leaves Doctor Who in rude health with the last series up on its average audience, keeping millions of fans gripped every week,” added BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson.

Doctor Who returns in the autumn with an episode called Let’s Kill Hitler.

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