Earlier today the BBC announced that Steven Moffat will take over as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who.
Current series supremo Russell T Davies will remain in charge for four specials to be shown in 2009, with Moffat taking over the reigns for series five which will air in 2010.
If anyone had to step into R.T.D’s shoes Steven Moffat is the perfect choice. He has written, in my opinion, some of the best episodes of the show since its return in 2005.
A few words about the man Moffat is set to replace:
Russell T Davies has taken Doctor Who from being something that was largely regarded by the general viewing public as a bit of a joke and tramsformed it into one of the biggest shows on prime time TV. Some sections of fandom have been critical of his style but even his harshest judge would have to concede that his tenure has been a great success.
He has set everything in place for his successor to take it on and put his own stamp on the show.
Steven is quoted as saying “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. I say “toughest” cos Russell’s at my window right now, pointing and laughing.”.
Good luck Steven (and Russell).