Former Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has opened up about how he expects his stories to be "ignored and contradicted".


The writer, who stepped down from the show last year following Jodie Whittaker's final episode, The Power of the Doctor, said he would be "arrogant" to expect his stories to be built on or developed in the future of Who.

"I think you have to be very OK with - you do your work on the show during your time and the moment you step away, the moment you stop, then nothing is in your hands and other people will come in, will contradict it, will change it, will alter it, and that is more than OK," he told the Reality Bomb podcast.

"It would be very arrogant of me to sit here and go, 'What I really hope is they're going to expand the story into this and that and the other', given that I have taken the works of others and turned it inside out and questioned it and re-moulded some of the answers."

Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall
Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for BBC America

Chibnall added: "I have nothing to add, no expectations. I would imagine it will be ignored, contradicted, doubled back on, it could be anything. That's OK! That's the incredible thing about Doctor Who."

The writer, who has ruled out returning to the show in any capacity, previously opened up to about what he would change about his era of the show.

"A few little things, but we did so much... Look at what we did and how much fun it was! No, I'm not sitting here thinking [about what I'd change], none of us are," he said.

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In the meantime, Chibnall is loving life as a fan after he and Whittaker both stepped down following a "three-series pact", with Russell T Davies set to return as showrunner for the 60th anniversary specials and beyond.

"It's Russell's now, I'm so happy to be a viewer. I cannot wait to see David [Tennant], I cannot wait to see Ncuti [Gatwa], the most amazing casting."

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