Steven Moffat, the writer behind such acclaimed Doctor Who episodes as ‘Blink’, was named as the showrunner of the revitalised BBC series today after Russell T Davies announced he would stand down next year.
Announced by the BBC earlier this afternoon, the news places Moffat in charge of the fifth season of Who, which will air in 2010. In a statement, Davies said: “It’s been a delight and an honour working with Steven, and I can’t wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor. Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night!” Moffat was equally enthusiastic in his own statement. “My entire career has been a Secret Plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back because 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 because Russell’s at my window right now, pointing and laughing.”
Davies had been credited with revitalising the show and steering it through turbulent times after both Christopher Eccleston and later Billie Piper departed soon after its restart. However, in recent months he has come under increasing criticism for what some see as a declining quality in the series, and speculation has been rife over his eventual departure.