We know already that Doctor Who season 13 is going to lead into the exit of Jodie Whittaker — that will happen after a few specials set to air next year. One thing we’ve also learned is that we’re going to be seeing the exit of Chris Chibnall as showrunner. We’re about to exit one big era of the show and enter the next, and there could be a lot of changes that go along with that.
So who is going to be responsible for making some of these changes happen? Let’s just say that this is a complicated arrangement, but you can look towards BBC Studios and network itself as the responsible parties.
“The big change that happened during our tenure has been Doctor Who being produced through BBC Studios, rather than the BBC’s in-house Drama Department … It’s a difference which won’t really have affected how you view the show, but it affects the process by which the programme is made, managed and planned strategically.
“The appointment of a new showrunner is a commercially sensitive decision (way above the pay grade of an incumbent showrunner) so it’ll be a joint decision between BBC Studios and the top decision-makers at the BBC.”
We don’t think you’re going to get an announcement on this anytime soon, just like we don’t think we’re going to be getting any more insight on the new Doctor, either, in this calendar year. The BBC is going to want people to enjoy the current season without too many distractions. Leading up to Whittaker and Chibnall’s final episode is when you could start to intrigue. While these announcements sometimes leak out, they usually don’t happen until close to the last minute.
What do you want to see when it comes to Doctor Who season 13 and beyond?
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