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Published on March 13th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Caroline Skinner Moves On

Here’s a surprising piece of news – Caro Skinner has today stepped down as Doctor Who‘s Executive Producer with Faith Penhale, Head of Drama at BBC Wales, taking over with immediate effect.

Caro Skinner was Executive Producer on An Adventure in Space and Time

Just a few weeks before Series 7b arrives on screens and the Doctor Who 50th anniversary goes into production, Skinner is moving on to a new role in London.

It has been an honour to have been a part of Doctor Who, and a privilege to have worked with Steven Moffat and Matt Smith on this extraordinary show. I have hugely enjoyed my time in BBC Wales and would like to thank Faith Penhale, and our wonderful production team for their unending commitment and brilliance. I will miss them all enormously, but I’m leaving Doctor Who in fine form, with the new series starting at Easter and the fantastic plans for the 50th Anniversary already underway. I am delighted to be now returning to BBC Drama Production in London as an executive producer, and the new opportunities and projects that will bring.

New Executive Producer Faith Penhale has previously worked on Upstairs Downstairs and Outcasts in that capacity, as well as running scripting duties on Doctors and EastEnders. She says:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline for her contribution to Doctor Who since taking on the role in 2011, on behalf of both the BBC and the show. She leaves the show in good shape – there’s a brilliant new series starting on Easter Saturday that will see the official arrival of the Doctor’s new companion! And the 50th Anniversary plans are on track to deliver audiences an unmissable event! I wish her all the very best for the future.

You may well wonder exactly what job could be bigger than Doctor Who in 2013. It’s a question that is certainly vexing us…


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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+.

7 Responses to Caroline Skinner Moves On

  1. avatar daniel says:

    Thats 3 execs gone in 3 years…

    with only the Moff staying.

    I wonder if there are issues in the background we arent aware of.

    Maybe its just a git combining 9 months of who with a private life…

    not sure

  2. avatar Ian McArdell says:

    Unless there’s a substantial in production coming, which seems unlikely, I find this utterly bizarre. If she wad leaving the Beeb might make some sense I suppose. As it is, one can only assume personal/family reasons must be playing a part. If your life is in London and the show happens in Cardiff it’s got to take its toll.

    • avatar Ian McArdell says:

      Substantial pause, that is!

  3. avatar Alex says:

    It’s hilarious how people here and elsewhere are trying to find devils hiding the shadows with this. The Beeb is a corporation and they move their people around. The fact they work for a bit with DW and move on is meaningless within the Corporation. Someone probably quit in London (or moved to ITV or whatever), they needed a replacement to take care of, I dunno, the next Shakespeare movie the BBC does, and they went with someone with experience. Plus, is Skinner even from Cardiff? If not, maybe she wanted to move back to London and home base. Seriously, the only people that matter are the ones dubbed “showrunner” – Russell T Davies, now Steven Moffat. Everyone else is just an assistant – and there have been far more than 3 “executive producers” since Who came back, some of whom only stayed for an episode or two or a Christmas special. When Moffat leaves, it’ll be news. Until then, best of luck to Caro Skinner, nice to have known you for a while, but I don’t really expect any of us to notice anything different in Doctor Who when her successor takes over. (Unless the person they pick is someone like Gatiss or Whithouse, in which case that’ll be an obvious succession strategy.)

  4. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    I think it’s a matter of contrast. The entire producer team stayed throughout the RTD era, at least 4 years of it. Doctor Who is the biggest thing around, so it is curious why people are being “moved” so often nowadays. Or asking to be “moved”. Somebody’s making someone else unhappy in some way.

  5. avatar barrymore says:

    Something IS weird. I’m sorry to see her go–I think the show has been better since she joined. It is strange there has been such turnover lately…I bet Moff is hard to please, and very protective of the show/his vision for the show. It seemed like a well-oiled machine for 3 seasons under RTD and the great Phil Collinson. I’d love to have Phil Collinson back.

  6. Something to add to this – apparently there was a public spat between Moffat and Skinner at the BBC Showcase event last month:

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