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.
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…