Steven Moffat is leaving ‘Doctor Who’

Head writer will be replaced by 'Broadchurch' writer Chris Chibnall

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat will be leaving the series next year, it has been confirmed.

Moffat has declared that his “timey wimey” on the show is coming to an end with the Radio Times reporting that he will stand aside in 2017 and be replaced by Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall

The final Moffat-penned series of Doctor Who will be broadcast on BBC1 in spring next year with Chibnall’s work making it to screens in 2018. The only planned Who activity for 2016 is a Christmas special, which will be overseen by Moffat as usual.

Speaking about his decision to leave the sci-fi series, Moffat is quoted as saying: “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.”

Meanwhile, super fan Chibnall said: “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: 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 four 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. Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who‘s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.”

Last year Moffat reassured Doctor Who fans that the series’ future is not in doubt.

Theninth series of the show aired in 2015, having being revived by the BBC in 2005. However, speaking in November 2015 Moffat said that at least five more series are already being planned.