BBC bosses apparently want Doctor Who to feel like “a brand new show” when new showrunner Chris Chibnall takes over in 2018.
According to The Mirror, the shake-up will see Peter Capaldi and new co-star Pearl Mackie departing as the Twelfth Doctor his new companion, allowing Chibnall a “clean slate” for his era.
An insider source is quoted as saying: “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.”
He has written several previous Doctor Who episodes, such as ’42’, ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’and ‘The Power of Three’. His other writing credits include Torchwood, The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK and Life On Mars.
Chibnall commented earlier this year: “…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.”
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