With the Doctor Who heading toward the conclusion of its 10th season, the beloved sci-fi series finds itself in a state of flux. Longtime showrunner Steven Moffat, who took the reins in 2009 from Russell T. Davies, is stepping down following this year’s Christmas special, and star Peter Capaldi is bowing out with him.
Enter Chris Chibnall, who will take on the role of showrunner when Doctor Who returns for its 11th season. The Broadchurch creator’s first task has been casting a new lead, no easy task considering the heritage and devoted following of the series. However, a fresh face inside the TARDIS isn’t all the writer has in store: Chibnall may be considering a new format with a season-long storyline, as opposed to its more traditional “monster-of-the-week” approach.
In an interview with Royal Television Society, he addressed is initial reticence to sign on to Doctor Who, explaining, “I finally said yes because I love the show to my bones. I resisted it for a very long time, and [the BBC] really had to woo me. But, in the end, I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it. When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that,’ but they said: ‘Great!’”
Chibnall of course wouldn’t reveal what his ideas are, but when asked if they might include, say, a season-long storyline, as in Broadchurch, he replied, “Yes. What the BBC was after was risk and boldness.”
Starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and Matt Lucas as Nardole, Doctor Who airs Saturdays on BBC and BBC America.
(via Screen Rant)