It’s been reported by the Radio Times that Steven Moffat, showrunner of Doctor Who since 2010, will be stepping down after the conclusion of the tenth season of Doctor Who,to be replaced by Chris Chibnall.
Chibnall, of course, was showrunner for the wonderful Broadchurch – incidentally starring former Doctor Who star David Tennant – which has been met with much acclaim over the course of its run on ITV. Chibnall also has previous experience with Doctor Who, having written for both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, as well as being the primary writer for Torchwood in its first two seasons.
It has been confirmed that Doctor Who series ten will broadcast in 2017, as Moffat’s final season; 2016 will see only a Christmas special in December. Chris Chibnall’s first season as showrunner will begin in 2018 – there’s no word at present as to whether or not Peter Capaldi will remain in the starring role under Chris Chibnall.
My article about Moffat being replaced by Chibnall, posted on the Yahoo TV website. There’s a bit of a reaction there too, and some speculation about the series 10 companion which did end up bearing out correctly, which is neat.