Steven Moffat to stop writing Doctor Who after Season 10

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Feb 13, 2017, 5:00 PM EST

As we know, Steven Moffat will be leaving his role as showrunner of the BBC's beloved series Doctor Who after the the Spring 2017 season finale. And when he's gone, he'll be gone for good.

According to Radio Times, Moffat will not be writing for new showrunner Chris Chibnall, "at least not for the foreseeable future." Radio Times writes that Moffat will be putting his energy toward scripts with his Sherlock writing partner, Mark Gatiss.

This is bittersweet news for Whovians. As a showrunner, Moffat’s work is … complicated. I adored his casting of the supremely talented Peter Capaldi and Jenna-Louise Coleman, and Pearl Mackie looks like she'll bring a lighthearted quality back to the frequently heart-wrenching series. I also loved how Moffat brought the Doctor's past into the present with the resolution of the Time War ...

... but many of the episodes were muddled with too much exposition crammed in too little time. I have never paused and rewound blocks of dialog as frequently as I did with Moffat's Doctor Who.

He's also made some personal comments that I wish I could unread.

But I'm also sad that he's leaving, because without a doubt Moffat is a powerhouse of a scriptwriter. "The Empty Child." "Blink." "The Silence in the Library." "The Day of the Doctor." "Heaven Sent." The episodes that he has written are some of the best-loved Doctor Who installments. It's safe to say that Moffat personally turned casual viewers into hardcore fans.

Here's hoping that Chris Chibnall will be able to coax Moffat into taking the occasional trip back to the Who-niverse.

(via RadioTimes)