C21Media has been told by the BBC that it
“expects to replace Willis before filming of the Doctor Who Christmas special begins in September.”
The exec, who joined the show from Kudos, previously worked on the first two seasons of Ashes to Ashes from 2007 to 2009. Kudos are apparently deliggted with Willis’ return, with CEO Jane Featherstone quoted as saying:
“Her brilliant creative instincts and no-nonsense work ethic will make her a force to be reckoned with in the drama world.”
Speaking to the official Doctor Who website, Beth praised her colleagues, Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger, as well as the show’s star, Matt Smith.
‘Working with Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger and Matt Smith on the last two series of Doctor Who has been the most fantastic experience and I will miss them hugely… The plans taking shape for the next series of Doctor Who and for the 50th Anniversary are beyond exciting – and with Steven Moffat at the helm, this incredibly special time for the show is in very safe hands.”
Beth Willis leaves Doctor Who during an apparently torrid time behind the scenes with Piers Wenger also recently moving on to a new senior commissioning role at Film4 and the duo’s conduct questioned in a recent scurrilous piece in Private Eye.
Nevetheless, Steven Moffat offered the most realistic tribute.
‘We couldn’t keep her forever, though God knows I tried. She is off to be brave and brilliant in brand new ways, and the sad news for Doctor Who is that it will be somewhere else.’
(With thanks to Ian)