Look Who’s new writer for Dr Who
BAFTA-award winning writer Steven Moffat is to succeed Russell T Davies as the lead writer and producer of Dr Who, the BBC has announced.
Mr Moffat will pen the fifth series of the cult show, which will be broadcast on the BBC in 2010.
The Hugo Award-winning writer has already penned some of the series’ most acclaimed episodes, including “Blink” with its weeping angels, for which he won the Bafta Writer Award 2008.
“My entire career has been a secret plan to get this job,” he said.
“I applied before but I got knocked back cos (sic) the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven.
“Anyway, I’m glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it’s a huge honour to be following Russell into the best – and the toughest – job in television.
“I say ‘toughest’ cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing.”
Russell T Davies said: “It’s been a delight and an honour working with Steven, and I can’t wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor.
“Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night!”
Elaine Penn, features editor at TV Choice, said there had been industry rumours for some time that Davies’ work on the show would be coming to an end.
“Russell had said in the past that he would go,” she said. The whole team had announced they were going to be standing down, including the main producers.
“It seems to be that they’ve all felt that, it’s not necessarily run its course, but they don’t want to continue with it because it might overstep the mark or be too much of a good thing.”
For the current series, Moffat, whose career began with the ITV children’s drama Press Gang in 1989, for which he won his first Bafta, has written Silence in the Library, a two-parter starring Alex Kingston which transmits on May 31.
His previous work on Doctor Who includes The Girl in the Fireplace for Series Two, which earned him his second Hugo Award. His first was for the Series One two-parter The Empty Child, which became famous for its terrifying refrain “are you my mummy?”
Menna Richards, controller of BBC Wales, said: “BBC Wales is very proud of Doctor Who’s phenomenal success. Steven Moffat is an extraordinary talent and we are very much looking forward to him joining the Doctor Who team.”