Doctor Who producer Phil Collison is to leave the show after being promoted to the head of a newly formed Manchester drama department, it’s been announced today.
As Head of Drama, Manchester, Collinson will be charged with developing links with both on and off-screen talent in the region and contributing shows to the overall slate of BBC Drama Production when he begins in the spring.
The move marks a return home for Collinson who has overseen every episode of the revived sci-fi hit. He has also served as producer on Born And Bred, Linda Green II and Sea Of Souls.
Collinson says “the four years I’ve spent producing Doctor Who in Cardiff have been incredibly rewarding and I’ve long wondered how I was ever going to prise myself away from such a thrilling show and inspirational cast and crew.”
“The chance to return home to Manchester though and start something completely new, is irresistible. Manchester has always been an amazing centre for excellence in drama production and the chance to establish a formal BBC Drama base there, and build on the massive range of local talent, is incredibly exciting. I’m thrilled and honoured to be charged with this task.”
Russell T Davies, Executive Producer and writer, Doctor Who, comments:”Phil has been the secret hero of Doctor Who for the past four years, and we’ll miss him more than I can say � but the most exciting thing about this new job is that so many more producers, writers and actors will get to work with him. I envy them!”
The promotion was announced by Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer, BBC Vision Productions who described Collinson as “a terrific addition to a brilliant top team working on in-house drama throughout the UK. His signing reflects renewed ambition and confidence here at the end of a stunning spell of output.”
Collinson’s departure marks a further break up of the team responsible for turning the revived Doctor Who into a global hit.
In December it was announced that Executive Producer Julie Gardner was to leave the show in January 2009. A number of newspapers have also been speculating about the future of lead writer and showrunner Russell T. Davies.