This morning (April 30), BBC Cymru Wales announced Brian Minchin as the new executive producer of Doctor Who. He will take on the position with immediate effect, serving alongside showrunner Steven Moffat. Previous EP Caroline Skinner stepped down from the role back in March.
Minchin comes with heavy Whovian credentials, as Moffat notes: “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.”
In addition to his script editing duties on Doctor Who and Torchwood and producing The Sarah Jane Adventures, Minchin also served as producer for the U.K. sections of Torchwood: Miracle Day, assistant producer on Torchwood: Children of Earth, and BBC Executive Producer on Dirk Gently and Being Human.
He is currently working as executive producer on Toby Whithouse‘s new BBC One spy thriller The Game and Russell T Davies‘ CBBC series Wizards vs Aliens.
Brian says in a statement: “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, added: “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.”