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!” Davies is one of the UK’s best contemporary television writers having also created Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Queer as Folk and Bob & Rose.
But there is good news in his replacement – writer and producer Steven Moffat (Jekyll) will take over for the next series to air in 2010. Moffat has written several Who episodes including ‘Blink’, for which he won the Writer Award at this year’s BAFTAs, series two’s ‘The Girl In The Fireplace’ and, from the series currently running in the UK, ‘Silence in the Library’.
Moffat said, “My entire career has been a secret plan to get this job,” he said. “I applied before but I got knocked back ‘cos 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. I say toughest ‘cos Russell’s at my window right now, pointing and laughing.”
The BBC said Moffat and Piers Wenger, who is also joining Who as an executive producer, were already planning the fifth series. There will be no series in 2009, as previously announced.
No doubt the next question will be ‘will David Tennant stay on without Davies?’
The ABC has told TV Tonight the new Who will air this year -it just didn’t say when.