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Caroline Skinner (Photo by Dave Gustav Anderson)
Caroline Skinner (Photo by Dave Gustav Anderson)
Caroline Skinner (Photo by Dave Gustav Anderson)

Caroline Skinner, the joint executive producer of Doctor Who alongside Steven Moffat, and owner of an exceptional TARDIS woolly hat, has decided to step down, and join BBC Drama Production in London.

She will continue to be the executive producer on An Adventure In Space And Time, Mark Gatiss’s drama about the creation of Doctor Who in 1963, but will hand over responsibility for the 50th Anniversary special programming to Faith Penhale, the current head of drama at BBC Wales.

In a BBC press release, Caroline said: “It has been an honour to have been a part of Doctor Who, and a privilege to have worked with Steven Moffat and Matt Smith on this extraordinary show. I have hugely enjoyed my time in BBC Wales and would like to thank Faith Penhale, and our wonderful production team for their unending commitment and brilliance.

“I will miss them all enormously, but I’m leaving Doctor Who in fine form, with the new series starting at Easter and the fantastic plans for the 50th Anniversary already underway. I am delighted to be now returning to BBC Drama Production in London as an executive producer, and the new opportunities and projects that will bring.”

Faith, who will continue to act as executive producer on the show, until a replacement can be found for Season Eight, added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline for her contribution to Doctor Who since taking on the role in 2011, on behalf of both the BBC and the show.

“She leaves the show in good shape – there’s a brilliant new series starting on Easter Saturday that will see the official arrival of the Doctor’s new companion! And the 50th Anniversary plans are on track to deliver audiences an unmissable event! I wish her all the very best for the future.”

And so do we…

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By Fraser McAlpine