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.