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Steven Moffat stands down and Chris Chibnall to take over

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 7:01pm

BBC announces Steven Moffat’s next series of Doctor Who will be his last and confirms Chris Chibnall as new Head Writer and Executive Producer.

After six incredible series at the helm, the multi-award winning Steven Moffat has decided to step down as the lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who.

Steven took over the reins on Series 5 in 2010 and during his tenure the show has become a truly global success. He has been responsible for introducing the Eleventh and the Twelfth Doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; as well as two companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and iconic characters and monsters including River Song (Alex Kingston), Missy (Michelle Gomez), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and the terrifying Weeping Angels. Plus, the smash hit 50th Anniversary special in 2013 which saw fans around the world celebrate the world’s longest running sci-fi series with the Doctors, Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt battling the deadly Daleks in a feature length episode. Steven’s final series will air on BBC One in Spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016.

Steven Moffat says : “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.”

Like Steven, Chris Chibnall is also a lifelong Doctor Who fan and a multi-award winning writer and executive producer. He has most recently achieved huge success with the triple BAFTA winning hit ITV series Broadchurch. His other credits include BAFTA nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars and Torchwood. Chris Chibnall’s debut series will launch in 2018.

Chris Chibnall, new Head Writer and Executive Producer : "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."

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One says : “I want to thank Steven Moffat for everything he has given Doctor Who – I’ve loved working with him, he is an absolute genius and has brought fans all over the world such joy. I will be very sad to see him leave the show but I can’t wait to see what he will deliver in his last ever series next year with a brand new companion. I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in Spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 - I promise it will be worth the wait! I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Chris Chibnall, a wonderfully talented writer who I know will bring something very special to the hit series.”

Polly Hill, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says : “Like Charlotte I would like to thank Steven for his brilliance, which has made Doctor Who a global hit under his tenure. 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.”

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Russell T Davies scoops Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award.

BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 11:26am

Doctor Who’s former lead writer and exec producer, Russell T Davies, was presented with the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award’ at the annual Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards last night (18 January, 2016) in London.

Russell was showrunner on Doctor Who for five years, exec produced Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures and more recently has turned his attention to Shakespeare… His new, 90-minute adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be screened later this year. Commenting on his award, he said, ‘For me, this is the greatest of honours, coming from fellow writers, and I’m enormously grateful to the Writers’ Guild – for this, and for the work it does for writers everywhere.’

The award was presented by Paul Abbott (Shameless, State of Play) and recognises Russell’s extraordinary body of work for TV, including Wizards vs Aliens, Queer as Folk, Cucumber, Banana, The Second Coming, Casanova and of course, his Doctor Who related series which began back in 2005 with Rose

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Robert Banks Stewart (1931 - 2016)

BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 11:18am

We’re sad to report the death of Robert Banks Stewart, whom many Doctor Who fans will remember fondly as the creator of the Zygons.

Aside from writing two Fourth Doctor adventures – Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom – he co-created the well-remembered Shoestring (1979–80) starring Trevor Eve as a detective on the edge, and created the enormously popular Jersey-based cop show, Bergerac (1981–89). He also scripted episodes of the most iconic series of the 60s and 70s including Danger Man, The Avengers, Callan and The Sweeney and served as a producer on huge hits such as Hannay, The Darling Buds of May and Lovejoy.

But Doctor Who fans will remember Robert for his two fantastic stories from the 70s. The first, Terror of the Zygons, introduced the shapeshifting Zygons, a popular foe who returned in the 50th anniversary special and more recently, in a series 9 two-parter.

His second adventure, The Seeds of Doom, is a cracking six-parter full of wit, energy, terrific dialogue and superb characters. The alien menace of the story – the Krynoids – only made a single television appearance but they remain one of the best-loved monsters from the show’s early years.

Robert Banks Stewart (1931 - 2016)

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333 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 4:36pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 333
Running time: 1:40:44

In this recorded live show, we review the episode 'Face the Raven', plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Kyle Jones, and Taras Hnatyshyn.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions.

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332 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Tue, 12/22/2015 - 11:37pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 332
Running time: 1:25:22

In this recorded live episode, we review the 2015 series of DOCTOR WHO so far, and review 'Sleep No More', plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Kyle Jones.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions.

This podcast is made possible in part by and is brought to you by Podshock Supporting Subscribers and from donations from listeners like you.

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331 - Doctor Who: Podshock

Doctor Who: Podshock - Tue, 12/22/2015 - 11:31pm

Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 331
Running time: 1:42:40

We review the 3rd and 4th episodes of the new 2015 series of DOCTOR WHO, 'Under the Lake' and 'Before the Flood', plus news and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani, Dave Cooper, Lee Shackleford, Kyle Jones.

Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions.

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