Doctor Who executive producer Caroline "Caro" Skinner has announced she is to leave her role on the show, just as filming is about to begin on the 50th Anniversary Special, next Monday.
Skinner joined Doctor Who in 2011 to work alongside showrunner and fellow executive producer Steven Moffat. She is leaving the show’s BBC Wales home and heading back to BBC Drama Production in London, but will continue to work on Mark Gatiss's BBC2 biopic An Adventure in Space and Time, about the birth of Doctor Who.
"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,” said Skinner.
“I have hugely enjoyed my time in BBC Wales and would like to thank [BBC Wales head of drama] 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."
The BBC said the process to find an executive producer for series eight of Doctor Who would begin soon.
Series seven is set to return for the second half of its run on Saturday 30 March.