Doctor Who News New Doctor Who Executive Brian Minchin

Published on April 30th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

New Doctor Who Executive Producer Announced

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.

New Doctor Who Executive Brian Minchin

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…

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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+.




5 Responses to New Doctor Who Executive Producer Announced

  1. avatar badblokebob says:

    Based on some rumours (which I have absolutely no idea if are true or not, naturally), maybe it’ll work better/last longer now that Moffat’s paired with a bloke…

  2. avatar Mark Lenton says:

    Minchin did sterling work on DW as a RTD script editor and then as a producer was excellent for SJA and TW. He is a perfect choice to bring some RTD style sanity to wales and hopefully be unafraid to point out some of the failings in Moffats stuff (He did this as script editor to RTD and that must have taken some bottle) Plus he’s a proper fanboy who loves the show. Great appointment and hoipefully will continue long after The Moff has moved on.

  3. avatar krumstets 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.”

    Who writes this PR Guff ?

    Normal people do not talk like that or come out with such infantile comments .Do they ?

  4. avatar drewboynton says:

    I recognized his name right away…has he also written DW comics or novels? I hope he stays for awhile, and with his background, maybe becomes the new Moffat someday?

    • avatar drewboynton says:

      Just looked it up–Brian Minchin wrote an 11-Amy novel called “The Forgotten Amy” and a Torchwood audio book! Very cool!

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