The BBC has announced the name of Caro Skinner’s replacement as Executive Producer – it’s former script editor Brian Minchin, who has previously fulfilled the role for The Sarah Jane Adventures and the British segments of Torchwood: Miracle Day.
While barely a surprise, it is good to see that the issue is now resolved, and that Skinner’s shock departure can be put behind us.
Faith Penhale, Head of Drama Wales, has been filling the role while a replacement was found.
I’ve no doubt Doctor Who will enjoy a very exciting time with Brian at the helm working alongside Steven. Since joining BBC Wales in 2005, he’s proved he has a fantastic eye for story and a sharp awareness of what makes a drama like Doctor Who unmissable.
Meanwhile, the man Minchin will be working closely with is Steven Moffat.
When I first took over Doctor Who, Brian was there as script editor, and in the most difficult time of a new Doctor and a new era, was completely brilliant. We lost him to producing The Sarah Jane Adventures at the end of our first run. Rising talent keeps rising, is how I comforted myself back then – but now I am beyond happy that Brian has risen all the way back to Doctor Who, in his new role of Executive Producer. I look forward to getting hopelessly lost in space and time with him.
The man himself has recently been producing The Game, a Cold War thriller by Toby Whithouse, and Russell T Davies’ Wizards Vs Aliens. Of his new role he says:
I’m thrilled and excited to be joining Steven Moffat on a show that has meant so much to me over the years. I’ve watched in awe as Steven has taken Doctor Who to wild and imaginative places and I can’t wait to get started on many more adventures with the Doctor.
What do you think? Can Minchin bring some stability to the role – after all, Steven Moffat is now working alongside his fourth co-executive on one show alone…