Doctor Who to use American-style 'writers room' ?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 May 2016
Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi

'Doctor Who' could be written using the "writers room" style when new scriptwriter Chris Chibnall takes over next year

'Doctor Who' may be scripted using an American-style "writers room" when show-runner Chris Chibnall takes over.

The sci-fi programme's current producer Steven Moffat won't hand over the production reins until next year but it seems Chris is planning a huge shake-up for when he's in charge.

Speaking to the, Bernie Corbett, who was formerly the general secretary of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, said: "If it's [a writers room is] what the BBC wants and it's what the writers want it then it's fine by us.

"Nobody's against it. Lots of writers would like to try it but you have to get round those practical difficulties.

"Our job as a Trade Union is not to disrupt things or hold things back if they think it is a good idea."

Chris - who penned the hit TV drama 'Broadchurch' - is believed to be working on a number of different ideas for when he takes on the role, although none of them are definite.

A BBC spokesperson said: "It's still very early days and no fixed model has been decided upon yet.

"Chris Chibnall as the new show-runner will write his own episodes and is currently exploring different ways of working with new and established writers on the show."

Before his departure later this year, Moffat is busy penning this year's Christmas special, as well as working on another series scheduled to hit screens in Spring 2017.

But it's not just behind the scenes that will change, as Peter Capaldi - who has played the Time Lord for two years - has also hinted he'll be stepping down in 2017.

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