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Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Are YOU The New Doctor Who Executive Producer?

Are you “strong editorially, driven, self-motivated, approachable and passionate about making popular, ground-breaking television drama”? Sounds like you’re a shoe-in for Doctor Who‘s new Executive Producer!

11th Doctor titlesWith Caro Skinner now departed (her last work in relation to the show is on Mark Gatiss’ An Adventure in Space and Time), BBC Wales has this week advertised for her replacement on its careers website.

The job notice specifies someone with “extensive experience in producing complex action packed drama” but perhaps the most important thing to observe is that the post is a fixed-term contract, ending late 2015.

Significant? We don’t know, but here’s that ad below – and the original for you to send your applications to

Executive Producer / Uwch Gynhyrchydd (Doctor Who)

Job Ref. No
Roath Lock Studios
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Contract Duration
20 months
Job Category:
Content Making
Closing date for applications
14 April 2013 at 11:59pm


BBC Cymru Wales Drama Production makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television dramas. Recent dramas produced in our studios at Roath Lock, Cardiff include Doctor Who, Wizards vs Aliens, Casualty, Upstairs Downstairs and our local drama Pobol y Cwm.


We are looking for someone with extensive experience in producing complex action packed drama which appeals to the broad BBC One audience, who will help develop, communicate and implement the creative vision for our show.As Executive Producer you will be responsible to the Head of Drama, Wales, for the editorial, production and financial management of Doctor Who. The successful candidate will therefore have extensive production experience in popular and complex primetime television series and be confident in leading and inspiring a team to create their best work.Working closely with our Lead Writer you will consistently deliver fresh, original, high quality and high profile episodes of Doctor Who to BBC One.


If you are strong editorially, driven, self-motivated, approachable and passionate about making popular, ground-breaking television drama, we’d love to hear from you.Experience of producing complex period dramas including effects is essential. You must have original and creative ideas for storylines and characters as well as the skills and abilities to communicate these to the team. You need experience of leading a production team; an eye for detail and be used to working with internal and external stakeholders such as co-producers. You’ll be privy to confidential and commercially sensitive information so it’s important you understand how to handle this. In addition you’ll have an awareness of our audiences and the knowledge of professionals within the industry including writers, directors, production teams and actors. This is not your normal 9-5 job, so you will need to be flexible with your time and duties and demonstrate resilience.

For more information please contact Julie Scott, 02920 769520

Let’s just hope that the new holder of this role doesn’t leave suddenly

(With thanks to Turquoise Tarquin)


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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+.

2 Responses to Are YOU The New Doctor Who Executive Producer?

  1. I was going to say it’s most likely a ROLLING fixed term contract, but that 20 month duration looks a bit odd. 18 or 24 months for a rolling contract, but not 20…

    Or maybe that period was chosen to tie in with some other rolling contract deal or accounting period? It does match up with the end of calendar year 2014.

  2. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Wonder if the Moff simply wants to have someone solidly on staff to stay to the end of his contract just for the sake of consistency. End of 2015 would bring us allegedly to the completion of series 9—if the BBC goes back to a whole series a year starting next year. And if that’s the case, it really wouldn’t surprise me if Smith left at the end of series 8 in late 2014, Moffat gets to set things up for the future by picking the next Doctor, then hands things off after the new Doctor settles in for a whole series. It does seem to me that the Moff is a control freak and would want to make sure that things are to his liking as a pro and a fan before he rides off into the sunset.

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