So after months of speculation, the BBC has finally confirmed what most fans suspected, that Russell T Davies will be handing of the reigns of Doctor Who for the fifth season – the second part of the rumour is that David Tennant will be leaving at the same time, which hasn’t been confirmed or denied.
One aspect of the discussion about Russell leaving, was always a discussion about who would replace him in the job of executive producer and lead writer. The hope amongst fans was always that Steven Moffat, as the writer who has produced the most consistently good stories throughout the new series, would be persuaded to take the job, but many thought it unlikely that he would. I’m pleased to say that he has been persuaded, and has been typically humorous in his quote on getting the job:
â€œMy entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job, I applied before but I got knocked back cos 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.
The arrival of a new producer in the past often sees a change in direction or focus, and I suspect this changeover will be no different. Quite what will happen I don’t know, but certainly if his previous contributions to the series, and his other work on series like Jekyll, I, and I expect most of the fans have pretty high expectations – as he has said, one of the toughest jobs in television, with probably one of the most vocal fanbases too. Good luck Steven!