16:49 25 January 2016
BBC has confirmed that Steven Moffat will no longer be the head writer of Doctor Who after spring 2017. He will be replaced by Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall.
Moffat became part of the show in 2010 and he was described by BBC One’s controller Charlotte Moore as “absolute genius.”
BBC said through an statement that Moffat had been responsible for introducing the 11th and 12th doctors – Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.
Moffat said it took "a lot of gin and tonic" to talk Chibnall into taking up his new position.
"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," he said.
"At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip."
Meanwhile, Chibnall said: "So it's a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama.
"I've loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I'm relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore."
Ms Moore thanked Moffat "for everything he has given Doctor Who".
She said: "I've loved working with him, he is an absolute genius and has brought fans all over the world such joy.
"I will be very sad to see him leave the show but I can't wait to see what he will deliver in his last-ever series next year with a brand new companion."
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