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Steven Moffat will step down as head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who following the series’ 10th season, the BBC announced Friday.

Moffat has been at the helm of Who since 2010, when he took the reins from Russell T. Davies, who resurrected the sci-fi adventure series after its nine-year hiatus. Chris Chibnall, who has been writing for Doctor Who since 2007, will take over as showrunner beginning with season 11.

Chibnall is also the creator of the hit series Broadchurch (which stars former Doctor David Tennant). Other credits include Torchwood, Law & Order: UK, and Life on Mars.​ He is also the writer on such Who episodes as “The Power of Three,” “42,” and the two-parter “The Hungry Earth​” and “Cold Blood.”

Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC program: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world,” Chibnall said in a statement. “So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary, and emotional family drama. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was 4 years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore. Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.”

Moffat is currently working on scripts for the show’s 10th season. During his six-season run as lead writer and executive producer, Moffat introduced the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and fan-favorite companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman); oversaw the feature-length 50th anniversary special starring Smith, Tennant, and John Hurt; and introduced the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the inimitable​ Missy (Michelle Gomez), all while reimagining much of the show’s lore.

“My timey-wimey is running out,” Moffat said in a statement. “While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”

Moffat’s final season will air in spring 2017.

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