We already know that Steven Moffat, the current showrunner of Doctor Who series is going to step down from his role, along with the current Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi. Chris Chibnall will replace Steven, the creator Broadchurch and he also has some credits for writing Doctor Who & Torchwood Episodes. However, we are yet to hear, who is going to substitute Peter Capaldi’s role in the next season.
Chibnall is an excellent writer, who also seems to have an over-confident personality as he says that BBC had to woo him to helm the show. He also claims that he is going to change the long-running format of Doctor Who series. One of the changes, he confirmed that the show would not have an episodic nature anymore, the whole one season will be used to tell a single storyline with cliffhangers at the end.
In an interview Chibnall explained his conversation with the BBC like this:-
“[The BBC] really had to woo me, But, in the end, I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it. When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that,’ but they said: ‘Great!’”
When the interviewer confirmed if he is going to devote the whole season telling a single story-line, Chris assured:-
“Yes. What the BBC was after risk and boldness.”
One of the things that he said which was a bit weird and somewhat logical at the same time is that he is not taking any advice or direction from the fans or the other Doctor Who specialists, as he wants to make the new season a whole new experience for the audience.
When Chibnall was asked if he is taking any guidance from fans on social media or previous showrunners, he said:-
“I don’t read any of that, One of your jobs as a writer is to cut out the noise. All you have is your instincts and your process. The BBC came to me because they wanted those, and so reading coverage about the show is fundamentally useless and bordering on counterproductive. A TV show isn’t a focus group. It is great that people are speculating about who the Doctor will be… but it won’t affect in any way what we do with the show.”
It seems like the next season that is scheduled to release in 2018 fall is going to be full of experimentations. We would suggest the fans to prepare themselves for incredibly different Doctor Who this time around.