Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat has quit after a six year run leading the creative direction of the hit BBC show.
Moffat will be replaced by Chris Chibnall, the creator of ITV’s popular drama Broadchurch.
“It 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,” said Moffat.
"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."
Moffat will stay on to oversee the Doctor Who Christmas special later this year as well as series 10, scheduled for 2017. Chibnall will then join as executive producer of Doctor Who in 2018.
Controller of BBC One Charlotte Moore thanked Moffat for everything he has given Doctor Who, describing him as “an absolute genius” who has brought joy to fans all over the world.
"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,” said Moore.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Chris Chibnall, a wonderfully talented writer who I know will bring something very special to the hit series."