This is good news indeed. Russel T. Davies is stepping down as the lead writer and executive producer of the new Doctor Who series and when that happens there’s always some concern over who takes over the reins. While I appreciate the fact that DW’s return was largely Davie’s doing, the fact that he’s dismissive of fans and has written some of the clunkier episodes makes his departure a welcome one. To hear that Steven Moffat, who wrote some of the best episodes of the news series so far such as Blink and The Empty Child, is set to replace Davies for season 5 gives one hope that things will only improve for the series:
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!”
For the current series, Moffat has written Silence in the Library, a two-parter starring Alex Kingston that transmits later this month on BBC1.
Moffat said: “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.”
If Moffat can manage to keep the quality of the stories for the fifth season as good as what he’s done so far then it’ll be worth the wait to see them. Season 5 will not air until 2010 as there will only be four specials filmed for 2009 as David Tennant is going to be busy with Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet. That should give Moffat time to come up with a full season of excellent stories to tell.