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Steven Moffat Reaction

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…

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