Looks like Doctor Who may get a significant overhaul when the time-traveling series returns with a new Doctor and showrunner next year.
In a recent interview with Television Magazine, Chris Chibnall revealed how Auntie Beeb worked really, really hard to get him on board as the new Doctor Who showrunner and hinted that many changes will be afoot when he gets the keys to the TARDIS from current showrunner Steven Moffat.
“I finally said yes because I love the show to my bones. I resisted it for a very long time, and [the BBC] really had to woo me. But, in the end, I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it. When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that’, but they said: ‘Great!’”
The Broadchurch creator kept the lid tightly closed on his plans but teased the possibility of featuring a season-long storyline, rather than stand-alone episodes, saying: “Yes. What the BBC was after was risk and boldness.”
So far, so intriguing, despite the fact that I’m not a fan of weekly serialized storytelling (I’m a huge binge watcher and hate having to wait week after week for a story to unfold, but hey, that’s just me). Seemingly on board for the next five years (yup!), Chibnall also added that he’s been keeping away from the social media frenzy trying to offer advice on who should replace Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor:
“I don’t read any of that. One of your jobs as a writer is to cut out the noise. All you have is your instincts and your process. The BBC came to me because they wanted those, and so reading coverage about the show is fundamentally useless and bordering on counterproductive. A TV show isn’t a focus group. It is great that people are speculating about who the Doctor will be… but it won’t affect in any way what we do with the show.”
What do you guys think of Chris Chibnall’s comments?