Welcome to the Doctor Who‘s Day roundup, a Tuesday tornado of Gallifreyan paraphernalia from the outer (and inner) reaches of the inter (and outer) net.
And this week, there’s really only one story dominating the Whoniverse; Steven Moffat has announced that he will be stepping down as scriptwriter and showrunner of Doctor Who at the end of Season Ten, which will air in Spring 2017, after the 2016 Christmas special.
He will be replaced by Chris Chibnall, writer of Torchwood and Broadchurch and the Doctor Who stories “42,” “The Hungry Earth,” “Cold Blood,” “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” and “The Power of Three”.
In a statement from the Doctor Who site, Steven said:
“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. 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. 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. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”
Tributes and responses have been appearing across social media, with Matt Smith adding his own tuppence in this promotional interview for his current movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
Mark Gatiss had this to add:
Farewell to the Grand Moff but huge congratulations to Chris Chibnall on his elevation to Lord President! The show is in very good hands.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) January 23, 2016
• With the following response to fan messages from Steven’s wife Sue Vertue:
Steven thanks you all for your lovely comments and reminds you he's got a whole season to go yet!
— sue vertue (@suevertue) January 22, 2016
To which we can only add; roll on Season 10, it’s not over until the blue box crashes.
Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:
• Turtley love this:
• Ever fancied making a TARDIS with a 3D pen? Here’s how:
• Matt Smith is set to play the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a new biopic.
• Old friends:
• What is it like to write a Doctor Who novel? A.L. Kennedy explains.
• Fishing for the Doctor (or making it look like he’s falling):
• Game Unboxing Reviews looks for Doctor Who Easter Eggs in Lego Dimensions:
• Just a little something for fans of The X Files:
• The Doctor in a quiet moment:
• Love this, a re-edited credits sequence for Season 7 (part 2), as if it was the credits for Red Dwarf:
• Oh look, it’s Arthur Darvill and… is that what we think it is?
• A portal potty and a Dalek trash remover? Nice job, Daniel Hashimoto from Dreamworks:
• Clara – blew in, flapped out:
• A brief profile of Delia Derbyshire, the person who recorded the original 1963 Doctor Who theme, as composed by Ron Grainer:
• Speaking of which, let us end with something truly huge. The Pisces Rising has performed a colossal cover of the Doctor Who theme using orchestral instruments and a choir. It’s seriously big: