|Who Changes Hands
||[May. 20th, 2008|01:52 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
The Internet is abuzz today with news about the future of Doctor Who:
BBC Wales and BBC Drama has announced that BAFTA and Hugo Award-winning writer Steven Moffat will succeed Russell T Davies as Lead Writer and Executive Producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who, which will broadcast on BBC One in 2010.
There is much applauding throughout the Internet too, and for good reason. Moffat is responsible for some of the very best episodes of the new Who, including the two-parter "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances", which introduced the character of Captain Jack Harkness, "The Girl in the Fireplace", which singlehandedly convinced my friend Stefan Petrucha to watch Doctor Who after a year of my pestering him to no avail to do so, and "Blink", which was a highlight in what I thought was an otherwise sub-par third season.
A tip of the hat to Russell T. Davies too, on his way out. None of this would have happened without him, and I hesitate to think what the series relaunch would have been like from some other Executive Producer who thought Doctor Who was all silly costumes and celery-on-the-lapel eccentricities, like John Nathan-Turner in the 1980s. So Davies deserves much thanks.
Moffat taking the reins is great news. Now we're one step closer to having the awesome James Nesbitt from Moffat's Jekyll becoming Doctor number 11! (Though someone really needs to attend to Nesbitt's dentistry before this happens.)
Also, the next companion? Jeff from Coupling!