TIME’S UP

Mof­fat is out and Chib­nall is in as Doc­tor Who firms up its sched­ules...

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On 22 Jan­uary the BBC con­firmed that the only new Doc­tor Who to air in 2016 will be a new Christ­mas spe­cial. How­ever, the broad­caster also re­vealed that two fur­ther se­ries are in pro­duc­tion. Steven Mof­fat will ex­ec­u­tive pro­duce 2017’ s se­ries ten af­ter which he will step down, with Broad­church cre­ator Chris Chib­nall tak­ing over the TARDIS for 2018’ s se­ries 11. This will un­doubt­edly mark a big shift for the show, with more de­vel­op­ments un­doubt­edly to come. In the mean­time, here are the five episodes that have de­fined Steven Mof­fat’s era ( so far)...

“The Eleventh Hour”

The finest Doc­tor de­but episode? Quite pos­si­bly. Matt Smith is im­me­di­ately charm­ing, and Mof­fat puts his twisty plot­ting to good use by form­ing a life- long bond be­tween Amy Pond and her raggedy Doc­tor.

“Vinc ent And The Doc­tor”

Richard Cur­tis erased all mem­o­ries of filmic crimes like The Boat That Rocked with an episode that packed an emo­tional wal­lop. For­get the space chicken – this is all about Tony Cur­ran’s por­trayal of the tor­mented Van Gogh and that cathar­tic end­ing…

“The Doc­tor’s Wife”

Neil Gaiman ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Doc­tor and the TARDIS by in­car­nat­ing the time ma­chine in the body of a hu­man woman. Funny and weird, it’s a stand out from se­ries six.

“The Day Of The Doc­tor”

No Ec­cle­ston? A Doc­tor we’ve never met? The 50th an­niver­sary spe­cial might have been a disas­ter. In­stead it was a rol­lick­ing ad­ven­ture that put a cap on the show’s first five decades.

“Heav en Sent”

Last year’s penul­ti­mate episode was a bril­liant show­case for Ca­paldi, who spends the episode alone, trapped in a mys­te­ri­ous cas­tle.

Doc­tor Who re­turns to BBC One at Christ­mas.

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