Last month, we'd heard rumors and speculation around Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat quitting his other job, executive producer of Doctor Who, after the upcoming season 10 episodes. This has, unfortunately, been confirmed in a new announcement from BBC and the writer, marking an end of an era for the popular series. Whether or not series star Peter Capaldi will leave the show too has not been confirmed, though we've heard rumors of that as well, especially since Jenna Coleman just departed the series in 2015. We won't have to say goodbye to Moffat any time soon though, because season 10 airs in 2017 after a 2016 Christmas special. So we'll meet Moffat's replacement, Chris Chibnall, in 2018! Read more on this below.
"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 announced in the official BBC press release, according to Gamma Squad. "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."
In the same press release, the premiere window for the newest episodes of the series was announced. 2016 will only see the coveted Christmas special, which is 11 months away, and then season 10 will air in the Spring of 2017.
There are a lot of questions about whether or not Capaldi will stick with the series after 2017, especially since a new showrunner has always started with a new lead, but only time will tell - a statement that Whovians know too well!
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 22, 2016