Steven Moffat takes over “Doctor Who.”

This is good news indeed. Russel T. Davies is stepping down as the lead writer and executive producer of the new Doctor Who series and when that happens there’s always some concern over who takes over the reins. While I appreciate the fact that DW’s return was largely Davie’s doing, the fact that he’s dismissive of fans and has written some of the clunkier episodes makes his departure a welcome one. To hear that Steven Moffat, who wrote some of the best episodes of the news series so far such as Blink and The Empty Child, is set to replace Davies for season 5 gives one hope that things will only improve for the series:

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!”

For the current series, Moffat has written Silence in the Library, a two-parter starring Alex Kingston that transmits later this month on BBC1.

Moffat said: “My entire career has been a secret plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back because 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.”

If Moffat can manage to keep the quality of the stories for the fifth season as good as what he’s done so far then it’ll be worth the wait to see them. Season 5 will not air until 2010 as there will only be four specials filmed for 2009 as David Tennant is going to be busy with Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet. That should give Moffat time to come up with a full season of excellent stories to tell.

5 thoughts on “Steven Moffat takes over “Doctor Who.”

  1. “My entire career has been a secret plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back because the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven.”

    Damned age limits!  I knew the answers to all of the worlds problems at age nine.  If only people had listened, we’d be in utopia by now….

    …or the age limit for drinking would be nine and there would be no size limit for fireworks…. not really sure now since I’ve forgotten many of those important “Fundamental Truths” since I reached legal drinking age.  I don’t know if that’s a coincidence or not…..

    oh yeah.. Steve rocks!

  2. Speaking of Tennant and Hamlet, does anyone know if any of those performances will be taped?

  3. Could I get you to elaborate on what you said about R.T.D being dismissive of fans please Les – Out of interest mind you … first ive heard about it.

  4. VTMarik, I have no idea, but that would be pretty cool.

    Frumpa, see this LA Times interview. Here’s the relevant snippet:

    This job is made easier by Davies’ policy of ignoring the voices of those most vigilant. “I think we’re an unusual science-fiction franchise in taking a very big step back from fandom and having nothing to do with them… . Every program on the BBC has a message board on the website. I forbid it to happen on ‘Doctor Who.’ I’m sorry to say this, all the science fiction producers making stuff in America, they are way too engaged with their fandom. They all need to step back.”

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