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Published on May 26th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Wenger Gets a Transfer!

Arsenal Doctor Who chief Arsene Piers Wenger is to leave the BBC, it has been announced, in order to take up a new position at Film4.

Clearly this is disappointing for the series, as Wenger has been involved in some key purchases projects, such as Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, and oversees Doctor Who Confidential; he was also involved with Sherlock, and executive produced the 2009 series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Ben Stephenson is Wenger’s colleague and superior, as controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, and he revealed that he is disappointed to see the Frenchman man who has helped to steady the Doctor Who ship over a key transition period leave.

“I will be very sad to see him go. He’s been a fantastic colleague and friend – but I know that film is a huge passion of his and this is a great new role for him.”

Apparently, Stephenson will be working in tandem with Steven Moffat to find a successor for Wenger in the coming months.

At this stage, there is no suggestion or front-runner as a replacement for Wenger, although don’t be surprised to find The Rebel Flesh/Fear Her writer Matthew Graham (who has the considerable credits of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes to his name) linked to the post.

Incidentally, the more observant among you will have spotted that a seventh series of Doctor Who has yet to be commissioned.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

One Response to Wenger Gets a Transfer!

  1. avatar Rick says:

    I’m sure the doom-sayers will cry that there are big problems but it seems like business as usual as far as the next series not being commissioned yet. I’m not worried. I’m also not that concerned that Wenger’s leaving either. One of the major differences between the RTD era and the SM era–I really felt as if I knew Julie, Phil and Russell even though they were all behind the scenes and they all seemed very devoted to the show. Aside from Steven, I really don’t feel any connection with the new team and know virtually nothing about them or their level of dedication to the show. The mere fact that Wenger’s leaving seems to indicate that he wasn’t that tied in. That’s how it appears on the surface, anyway.

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