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Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall weighs in on ‘choosing’ his replacement when he leaves

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Jodie will be joined by Mandip Gill and John Bishop, who play her companions Yaz and Dan (Picture: James Pardon/BBC Studios/BBC America)

Chris Chibnall has addressed whether he’ll have a say in his replacement as showrunner of Doctor Who when he leaves after the upcoming 13th season.

It seems the TV writer and producer won’t have any involvement in who is next in line for the all-important role.

He explained in the latest issue of the Doctor Who Magazine the responsibility to choose a new showrunner was ‘above the pay grade.’

Chris, 51, wrote: ‘The big change that happened during our tenure has been Doctor Who being produced through BBC Studios, rather than the BBC’s in-house Drama Department.

‘It’s a difference which won’t really have affected how you view the show, but it affects the process by which the programme is made, managed and planned strategically.’

The outgoing Doctor Who boss went on to detail how the decision would be made, and who by.

He added: ‘The appointment of a new showrunner is a commercially sensitive decision (way above the pay grade of an incumbent showrunner) so it’ll be a joint decision between BBC Studios and the top decision-makers at the BBC.’

He has been involved with the show since 2018, joining for Jodie Whittaker’s stint as the Doctor.

The pair previously worked together on hit ITV drama Broadchurch, where Jodie played grieving mum, Beth Latimer.

But the duo both announced they would be stepping away from the show earlier this summer, once the upcoming series ends in 2022.


Speculation is rife as to who might take over in both positions, with some huge names being thrown around.

Last Tango in Halifax writer Sally Wainwright is one of those currently being put forward by fans, as well as Mark Gatiss.

Mark has multiple credits for the show and has frequently worked with ex-showrunner Steven Moffat in the past.

Other possible replacements include Being Human creator Toby Whitehouse and Peter Harness, who have both written for the show before.

On the other side of things, It’s a Sin star Olly Alexander remains favourite to step into the Tardis once Jodie’s tenure comes to an end.

He’s at 3/1 odds to take on the responsibility, with I May Destroy You creator and star, Michaela Coel, not far behind at 5/1 according to bookmakers Coral.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: ‘Olly Alexander is our favourite to be the next Doctor Who, topping our betting at odds of 3/1 and definitely fitting the bill for a leading contender for one of the biggest roles in British television,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

‘Michaela Coel is the second favourite, whilst some big names are in the mix including Michael Sheen, Richard Ayoade and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.’

Credit: Original article published here.

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