This news summary on the eleventh 21st Century season of Doctor Who will be updated regularly as more details are revealed.
Who are the executive producers?
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will take over as lead writer and executive producer when Steven Moffat departs at the end of Season 10 in 2017.
Matt Strevens (Misfits, An Adventure in Space and Time) will executive produce alongside Chibnall.
Chris Chibnall: “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.”
Steven Moffat: “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.”
Who is playing the Doctor?
Peter Capaldi: “I’ve been asked to stay on and I haven’t made my mind up about that yet, mainly because I don’t want to have to make that decision. I’m trying to avoid it!”
Daily Mirror: “BBC bosses want Doctor Who to feel like “a brand new show” under incoming boss Chris Chibnall… so we can expect a whole new line-up in 2018. Insiders say the Broadchurch writer will have a “clean slate” to start afresh for his first series…”
BBC source: “BBC management wants a return to the format from the David Tennant era, when you had a dashing male lead and young female companion. Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”
Steven Moffat: “I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor [at the end of Season 10]! Peter [Capaldi] is loving the role, and long may he do so.”
Peter Capaldi: “I don’t know [if I’ll be staying] yet. It’s such a long time until we get to that point. I love doing Doctor Who. Obviously things are going to change with it and I might want to carry on and see what that’s like—or I might not. I’ve not made that decision yet.”
The Mirror: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven [Moffat] leaves. They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris [Chibnall] his own choice of actor to play the Doctor. They hope he will be able to find someone who can have the same impact as Matt Smith did when Steven Moffat kicked off his run as executive producer.”
Peter Capaldi: “[Season 10] could be my final year.”
When will it air?
Season 11 will air in 2018.
How many episodes will there be?
Episode numbers have not yet been confirmed, but 12 episodes looks likely, followed by a Christmas special.
What should we expect from the new era?
Steven Moffat: “…what’s exciting about Chris is, I don’t think people have seen his Doctor Who yet. He’s done Russell [T Davies]’s Doctor Who, and he’d done my Doctor Who … so I don’t think we’ve seen Chris’ authorial take on Doctor Who, and I’ll be very, very excited to see what that is.”
Steven Moffat: “He’ll have, I would think, a quite different approach. I could make some guesses about where he’ll go with it, but… I’m not going to say. Except, beautiful dialogue. And beautiful plotting. He’ll be amazing.”
Steven Moffat: “He’s very much his own man, so I don’t precisely know what he’ll be like. But he has a tremendous grasp of how you run a show like this. He’s coming in knowing how showrunning works, in a way that I didn’t. So Chris will bring the experience.”
Matt Strevens: “I grew up watching [Doctor Who]. My Doctor was Tom Baker and then Peter Davison. I’m a huge Peter Davison fan.”
Matt Smith: “…[Chibnall is] a brilliant writer, I think he understands the show, the history of the show, the legacy. I think he’ll have a really good interesting grand plan and you know, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do. I’m one hundred per cent behind him.”
Peter Capaldi: “I think Chris is a wonderful writer, so that’s the exciting thing about Doctor Who — I don’t really know what he’s going to do with it. It’s going to be different and he’ll take it in a direction that is his… and that’ll be very exciting. That’s the lovely thing about Doctor Who, it keeps changing. Steven’s been fabulous but it will be very exciting to see what Chris does.”
Mark Gatiss: “…huge congratulations to Chris Chibnall on his elevation to Lord President! The show is in very good hands.”
Chris Chibnall: “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.”
Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning: “Chris Chibnall is the perfect successor to take over the reins of this incredible show, so I am delighted that his love for Doctor Who has made it impossible for him to resist! Chris is an incredible writer and his vision and passion for Doctor Who gives it an exciting future and promises to be a real treat for Doctor Who fans across the world.”
Will there be any returning characters?
John Barrowman: “Chris [Chibnall] wrote a lot for Captain Jack [in Torchwood], so… who knows!”
Will Chris Chibnall really be adopting the American-style ‘writers room’ system?
BBC spokesperson: “It’s still very early days and no fixed model has been decided upon yet. Chris Chibnall as the new showrunner will write his own episodes and is currently exploring different ways of working with new and established writers on the show.”
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