We knew that Peter Capaldi was exiting his role as the latest incarnation of “Doctor Who” after three seasons. But showrunner Steven Moffat is also signing off after six years at the helm. The final season for each kicks off April 15 on BBC America.
The BBC rebooted “Doctor Who” in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston, who would only sign on for one season. His replacement was David Tennant(“Broadchurch,” “Jessica Jones”) who played the Time Lord for three years before handing off to Matt Smith (“The Crown”) in 2010. That was when Moffat came on board. It was also the same year that he launched “Sherlock,” the modern-day take on Arthur Conan Doyle‘s fabled detective Sherlock Holmes. He has won two Emmys for that franchise for writing “His Last Vow” in 2014 and producing the 2016 episode “The Abominable Bride,” which won Best TV Movie.
Moffat spelled out his reasons for taking a break in a recent interview with WorldScreen. “I’ve been curating and looking after and worrying about ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ for several years. These two huge franchises that threw up brand-new problems every single day.” He decided to leave to try his hand at creating new characters. “I sort of miss my own job of making up television shows and doing the new things, which is the real job of a writer.”
Taking over is “Broadchurch” creator Chris Chibnall. Moffat spoke candidly about the demands of the show: “It is a monstrous workload, ‘Doctor Who,’ monstrous.” To that end he counseled Chibnall, “You’ve got to see your kids now and then. You’ve got to go home now and then. You’ve got to keep living.”
He revealed that Chibnall “has his own ideas about how to do ‘Doctor Who.’” However, he did impart some words, albeit perhaps not of wisdom, to his successor. “The advice I’ve given him is all prosaic and all quite, ‘Make sure this happens, make sure you get that and don’t let them do this.'”
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