News of Steven Moffat’s role as Doctor Who Executive Producer and chief writer has spread beyond The Guardian, with the BBC confirming the news and websites breaking the news in a wholly positive light.
Russell T Davies complemented his replacement – writer of The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink and The Empty Child – noting:
"It’s been a delight and an honour working with Steven, and I can’t wait to see where his extraordinary imagination takes the Doctor. Best of all, I get to be a viewer again, watching on a Saturday night!"
Moffat was similarly ebullient, and slyly revealed it was all part of his plan…
"My entire career has been a secret plan to get this job. I applied before but I got knocked back because the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven.
"Anyway, I’m glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it’s a huge honour to be following Russell into the best – and the toughest – job in television."
BBC Head of Programming Jane Tranter thanked Russell T Davies for his unrivalled work on Doctor Who:
"As lead writer and executive producer, he has overseen the creative direction and detail of the 21st century re-launch of Doctor Who and we are delighted to have his continued presence on the specials over the next 18 months,"
So – what does it all mean? Well short-term, Russell remains in charge of Doctor Who for the series of specials in 2009, before the series returns under Steven Moffat in 2010. New producer, new decade – new Doctor? Time will tell on that one…