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Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat stepping down after his sixth season

Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat will leave the BBC's popular sci-fi series after his sixth season, which will air in 2017.

The BBC announced his decision on its Doctor Who blog on Saturday, and also revealed season 10 will be aired in 2017, leaving only a Christmas Special to air this year.

“Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I'm just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out,” Moffat said.

He will be replaced by Chris Chibnall, who created the ITV crime drama Broadchurch, which stars tenth Doctor David Tennant.

“While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I'll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him,” Moffat said.

"It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future.“

Chibnall has also written several Doctor Who episodes for eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, and co-produced the first two seasons of Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood, which continued the story of John Barrowman's Captain Jack Harkness.

His run on Doctor Who will start with season 11, which is scheduled to air in 2018.

”It's a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama,“ he said.

”I've loved Doctor Who since I was four years old.“Moffat built on relaunched Doctor Who with now iconic charactersDoctor Who first launched in 1963 and saw 26 seasons and seven actors playing the part of the Doctor, who has the ability to regenerate into a new body on the point of death, before being closed in 1989 after declining ratings.

A British/American collaboration on a telemovie starring Paul McGann as the eighth Doctor in 1996 failed to lead to a relaunch, although McGann recorded numerous audio stories as the Doctor and attends fan conventions in costume.

The series was relaunched in 2005 by lead writer and executive producer Russel T Davies, with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor.

Although the modern series directly follows from the original, including continuing many storylines and having some original actors reprising their roles, season numbers were restarted.

Davies handed over to Moffat, who had written several episodes including The Empty Child and The Girl In The Fireplace, in 2010, at the end of Tennant's run as the Doctor.

Moffat has overseen the introduction of Matt Smith and then Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, as well as John Hurt as the War Doctor, and is responsible for widely loved (and feared) characters including Alex Kingston's River Song and the weeping angels.

The BBC praised Moffat for making the show ”a truly global success“.

”I will be very sad to see him leave the show but I can't wait to see what he will deliver in his last ever series next year with a brand new companion,“ BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said.

”I have decided to schedule Steven's big finale series in Spring Golden Goose Shoes 2017… 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017."

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