Steven Moffat will step down after the tenth series of Doctor Who, it has been confirmed.
The news broke on Twitter earlier this evening, just hours after it was confirmed that there would not be a new series of Doctor Who in 2016.
Steven Moffat will step down as Head Writer & Exec Producer after S10… Chris Chibnall to take over! pic.twitter.com/iMhNoEAegy
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 22, 2016
Chris Chibnall, the man behind ITV’s hit show Broadchurch, will take over the reins when Moffat steps down in 2017.
Speaking of his quit, Moffat said: “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.
“While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future.
“At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”
Doctor Who will return for a Christmas Special in December before a tenth series in 2017.