Steven Moffat is stepping down as showrunner of the long-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who, this Christmas and, next year, he will pass on the key to the TARDIS to Chris Chibnall. In a new interview, the writer of Broadchurch revealed major changes that could happen in Season 11.
Chibnall will not only bring a new Doctor to the series, he might also change the way the adventures of the Doctor and his companions are told. In an interview with Royal Television Society, the screenwriter shared that, for Season 11, the BBC wanted to take some risk and that might include having one linear story like Broadchurch.
When asked whether he would be allowed to develop a whole season adventure instead of individual episodes, he said, “Yes. What the BBC was after was risk and boldness.”
Considering his work in the award-winning crime drama Broadchurch, it makes so much sense if the BBC hired the screenwriter to helm Season 11 with one cohesive storyline. There was also a rumor a few months back that he wanted a writer’s room for the upcoming season instead of individual screenwriters penning single episode stories.
Chibnall has been involved with Doctor Who since 2007. He penned well-received episodes such as 42, Cold Blood and The Hungry Earth according to IMDB.
However, he almost did not take the job. He also shared to The Royal Television Society that the BBC had to woo him to take the mantle of showrunner.
“I finally said yes because I love the show to my bones,” he explained. “I resisted it for a very long time, and [the BBC] really had to woo me…But, in the end, I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it. When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that’, but they said: ‘Great!'”
Because of waning ratings, it is no wonder that the BBC wanted Chibnall to shake things up in Season 11. How the series will change when he takes over remains to be seen.
A New Doctor Rises
Meanwhile, it looks like Chibnall and the BBC have finally chosen the actor who will replace Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Former showrunner Russel T. Davies talked to Guys Like U earlier this month and shared the news, but he admitted that he does not know who it is.
“[E]very time you pass comment on Doctor Who, they go mad… they literally phone me up and say ‘can you stop talking about the program Russ,'” he joked. Davies is an important figure in the show’s long history. He was the showrunner who helmed the Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant eras.
The BBC is yet to announce the name of the Thirteenth Doctor. In the past few months following the announcement of Capaldi’s departure, the press has reported that Rupert Grint, Kris Marshall, Sacha Dhawan and Luke Treadaway were in the running. Other rumored candidates were Tilda Swinton, Miranda Hart and Phoebe Waller-Bridge but, a female Doctor is off the cards according to reports.
Doctor Who Season 10 Finale
Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is expected to regenerate on the Christmas Special of Doctor Who later this year. Moffat will also officially bow out as showrunner on December. Whether current companion Pearl Mackie (Bill) will stay or say goodbye remains to be seen.
In the meantime, there are still a few more episodes before the finale of Season 10 airs on BBC. On Saturday night, John Simm’s the Master will meet Michelle Gomez’s Missy in World Enough And Time Preview. Watch the teaser below.
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