Nothing massively surprising there. It’s been expected for a while that Moffat is nearing the end of his reign and Chibnall’s name has often been mentioned as a possible successor.
What is surprising though, is some other information that the BBC have announced.
Steven’s final series will air on BBC One in Spring 2017 and there will be a Christmas Special in 2016.
Which means no series of Doctor Who in 2016.
Explaining the decision, BBC One Controller, Charlotte Moore says:
I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in Spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait!
Here at Who News, we’ll be disappointed to see Moffat leave, but look forward to seeing what Chibnall does with the show. But we’re really disappointed to hear that the only new Doctor Who we’ll get this year is the Christmas special.
And here’s a prediction. Series 10 will also be Capaldi’s last series in the role. He will regenerate either at the end of series 10 (with the 2017 Christmas special being the next Doctor’s first episode) or at the end of the Christmas special – leading to a new Doctor in series 11 in 2018.
The title of the 50th anniversary special has been announced. It will be called The Day of the Doctor. The programme will be broadcast on 23rd November and will be 75 minutes long. It features Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper.
The BBC also announced a number of other programmes that will be broadcast on both TV and radio to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. Full details are in the press release.
Last night the BBC announced that Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year. He will play the Doctor in the 50th anniversary special in November and in this year’s Christmas special – during which the Doctor will regenerate.
It is just over four years since Smith first appeared as the Doctor (in The Eleventh Hour) and since then, he has starred in three series of the programme.
It has previously been confirmed that Jenna-Louise Coleman will be in the next series, so now speculation will start as to who will be her co-star.
The title of the finale for series 7 has been announced by the BBC with the release of the poster for the episode. The title is “The Name of the Doctor”. The poster also reveals that Alex Kingston will be starring in the episode (presumably playing River Song).
Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann have all said that they will not be in the 50th anniversary special. And it’s hard to accuse them of misleading us as the special is currently being filmed and they are in Australia.
The BBC have confirmed that Jemma Redgrave will be taking part in the 50th anniversary special. She will be playing Kate Stewart (the daughter of the Brigadier) who was last seen in The Power of Three.