Steven discusses leaving, advice for Chris Chibnall
Steven Moffat has explained his decision to leave Doctor Who after 8 years as its showrunner.
His last full series as its lead writer begins on Saturday 15th April, before his final episode airs on Christmas Day. Speaking to World Screen, he admitted that he’s secretly surprised he’s managed to last this long, given the show’s “monstrous workload”. “This is the longest I’ve ever done anything,” he said. “I was one of the writers when it came back, getting on with other shows, and then I took over and it became a full-time job. I’m astonished at how long I’ve been doing it.”
He continued: “I’ve been looking after and worrying about Doctor Who for years now, plus Sherlock on top of that. You’re never more of a writer than when you write something new, you try something different. I miss all of that. I’d like to go and find a new thing to fail at!”
Speaking of his successor, Chris Chibnall, he affirmed: “He is an experienced showrunner, so he doesn’t need any of my advice. He has his own ideas about how to do Doctor Who.”