Steven Moffat set to bow out of Doctor Who with Christmas special

The showrunner is in charge of two more festive episodes and a 12-part series before handing over to new head writer Chris Chibnall

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Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who swan song looks set to be a Christmas special.

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The current showrunner, who will hand over the role to Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall after the next series, revealed last week that he has 14 more episodes of Doctor Who still to make before he bows out, and RadioTimes.com understands that they are expected to consist of this year’s Christmas special, a 12-part series for 2017 and another festive episode at the end of that year.

“Ahead of me this year I have 14 Doctor Who and 3 Sherlock films,” Moffat told The Scottish Daily Record, after accepting an OBE for services to drama at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. “So the last thing I’m doing is contemplating work beyond that. But the day’s coming when I’ll have to.”

A prestigious Christmas Day episode, his seventh, would be a fitting farewell for Moffat after six series in charge of Doctor Who and over ten years writing for the show. Fans will be wondering whether it will also see the departure of current Doctor Peter Capaldi who has hinted on more than one occasion that his next series could be his last.

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“This could be my final year – it’s terrifying,” Capaldi told The Telegraph recently. “I love Doctor Who but it can be quite an insular world and I do want to do other things. There will come a time when this is over.”