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