After the sudden announcement of her imminent departure, the search for Caroline Skinner’s replacement as Executive Producer is over. Former Doctor Who script editor Brian Minchin is returning to the show to work alongside Steven Moffat from Series eight onward’s, with BBC Wales’ Head of Drama Faith Penhale taking over the role for the 50th Anniversary episode.
The full press release from BBC Media Centre can be found below:
“BBC Cymru Wales has announced that Brian Minchin is to be the new
Executive Producer of Doctor Who, alongside showrunner Steven Moffat.
Brian Minchin is an Executive Producer in BBC Wales drama, currently
working on The Game, a new Cold War spy thriller from Toby Whithouse for
BBC One, and Wizards Vs Aliens, Russell T Davies’ hit show for CBBC. He
has also worked as BBC Executive Producer on Dirk Gently and Being
Brian produced the RTS award-winning and BAFTA nominated
series The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as the UK sections of
Torchwood: Miracle Day and was Assistant Producer on Torchwood: Children
Brian, who grew up in Aberystwyth, joined the
department in Cardiff in 2005 as a Script Editor working on BBC One
Wales drama Belonging, before moving on to network dramas Doctor Who and
Torchwood in the same role.
Brian 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.”
Faith Penhale, Head of Drama Wales,
says: “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.”
Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, adds: “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.”
Brian will start in his new role with immediate effect.”
All change at the top then. Send us any thoughts you may have on Brian Minchin’s appointment in our useful comments box below.
[Source: BBC Media Centre]