Doctor Who to Change Showrunners - Steven Moffat to Exit After Season 10

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The showrunner is leaving the TARDIS.

Steven Moffat has decided to step down from his position as showrunner and head writer of Doctor Who after six seasons at the helm.

BBC's Broadchurch writer, Chris Chibnall, will take over his duties when Moffat departs after Doctor Who Season 10.

Moffat Dalek

The 12 episode series of Doctor Who Season 10 will not be airing until the spring of 2017, and Chibnall's first go will follow in 2018.

The BBC made their decision to hold the series until 2017 based upon programming airing in 2016, including the Olympics. Holding back on Doctor Who will give them something special to air in Spring 2017.

Moffat said about his departure, "Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I'm just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out."

As for the incoming Chibnall, he shared his excitement, "I've loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I'm relishing the thought of working with the exceptions team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore."

What do you think of the news, Whovians? Are you ready to get some new blood into the franchise? 

If you need to catch up on the last season, you can watch Doctor Who online right here via TV Fanatic.

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