While we know Steven Moffat will be handing the keys to the TARDIS to Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, Broadchurch) following the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special, we still don’t know what a change in showrunner will mean for Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and his new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie).
There’s a rumor going around today that Moffat won’t be the only one leaving Doctor Who behind. But before I dig into that, this one comes from The Mirror (a tabloid), so I want you to take what’s below with a hefty dose of salt.
Right. On with it. According to a Mirror insider/source, Chibnall will receive a “clean slate” when he takes over showrunning duties so that he can start anew when Season 11 (and Chibnall's first series) rolls around in 2018. They claim Mackie only signed a one-year contract and that it’s expected both she and Capaldi will leave the show when Moffat departs.
Apparently, the BBC wants Doctor Who to feel like a "brand new show" and for the Thirteenth Doctor to be a dashing younger man (with great hair?) to help boost the sale of toys and merchandising, which is said to have been dwindling.
“BBC management wants a return to the format from the David Tennant era, when you had a dashing male lead and young female companion. Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”
So, new showrunner, new Doctor, new companion? If true, this wouldn’t be the first time there’s a complete overhaul of the series with the departure of a showrunner. When Russell T Davies left, Steven Moffat came on board with a new Doctor in Matt Smith’s Eleventh, and a new companion in Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).
The Mirror also reports that the BBC wants a full season every year (there's been no new Doctor Who this year, besides the upcoming Christmas special. Season 9 aired in 2015, and Season 10 will air in the spring of 2017) and more accessible story arcs. Which, Yay! I don't know about you (and I might be in the minority here), but I'm getting a bit tired of all those long story arcs that have been a staple of Moffat’s run as showrunner.
Again, these tidbits come from The Mirror and could either be right or totally off the mark, so please consider this as a RUMOR for now. What do you guys think?
(via The Mirror)