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Horowitz on Showrunner Rumours

Anthony-HorowitzAnthony Horowitz has responded to rumours that he will be replacing Steven Moffat when he eventually departs the show.

The writer, known for the Alex Rider series of novels (and less so for 90s TV series Crime Traveller), stated it was “unlikely” when quizzed on Twitter.

The rumour appears to have originated from missing episode recoverer Philip Morris who apparently claimed: “The guy i’m told is Anthony Horowitz. He will replace Steven Moffat and has been endorsed by Philip Hinchcliffe.”

Moffat previously suggested he had mapped out a large chunk of Series 9 back in June. He said: “I’ve figured out the cliffhanger to the penultimate episode of the next series. And it’s a whopper. Ohh, I don’t think you’ll see this coming!”

UPDATE: Horowitz told io9: “I’m afraid there is no truth in the rumour. I have watched Doctor Who since I was a boy — favourite doctor was Tom Baker. I haven’t seen the new series as I’m abroad.”

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G_Unitt
G_Unitt

What about Chris Chibnall? He's written some great episodes, and he's only getting better as time goes on! He's also got a fair amount of experience running a series from the breathtakingly good Broadchurch, so I think Chibnall could be an excellent show runner.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I was surprised how involved Phil Ford was with the Doctor Who Extra programme for Into the Dalek, as if he's going to become more involved with the show now

TheDimensionalist
TheDimensionalist

I just hope that a new showrunner will appear soon. I feel as if Moffat is running low on ideas, and I'll like a new take on the series. 

Moon of the Pudding Brains!
Moon of the Pudding Brains!

Honestly I reckon Moffat and RTD should have been joint showrunners, I think that could have resolved some of NuWho's problems. E.g. Moffat could have improved Journey's End, and RTD could loosen the Series 6 arc. Although it's possible NuWho could have been entirely different, different doctor, different stories etc

mczolly
mczolly

I'm very happy about the returned episodes but Philip Morris is clearly bonkers. 

Bert_Macklin
Bert_Macklin

If the BBC is looking at novelists, there's a writer named Warren Ellis I would like them to meet..

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

Are we seriously listening to a rumour Phillip Morris started? I mean, the guy is doing some legendary things trekking all over Africa to find the missing episodes and I really respect him for that, but like Ian Levine he has a bit of a...reputation when it comes to the internet.


Christoph1337
Christoph1337

Also, it will definitely be sad when Moff leaves, but you have to remember: when RTD left, he gave us "The End of Time", one of his best episodes IMO. I'm eager to see exactly what Moffat pulls out for HIS last episode, seeing as he's already given me my absolute favorite episode of the entire series, TDotD. 

Christoph1337
Christoph1337

Who on Earth is coming up with these rumors?!?!?!? Has Anthony Horowitz EVER been associated with Doctor Who in the slightest? Like, ever? 

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

Has he ever even been a showrunner before?

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I love Horrowitz, and I'd love to see him write an episode. If he writes a few and they turn out well, maybe then he could be a contender for showrunner. But as it stands now, having never even participated in the show... no, I don't think so.



Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

I really want Moffat to go when Capaldi goes, a show runner means an entire new era to the show and we can see that didn't work well when Tom Baker stayed an extra series. When Matt and Moff came together it was all new and a huge breath of fresh air I really want a new show runner to start with a new Doctor so we can feel the new era come into place.

Unibot
Unibot

Bizarre rumour. Hitchcliffe? What say does Hitchcliffe have anymore? 

Oleta
Oleta

Please God no, there are enough public school-educated misogynistic twits in the BBC as it is, why give Doctor Who that burden too? Can't we have a real fan, and someone inclusive not exclusive.

I didn't love everything RTD did, but he did realise the wide audience Dr Who has and tried to represent it. We had shop-girl Rose and temp Donna as well as Doctor Martha, but the exciting part for young people was regardless of colour, creed or socio-economic status, the doctor could recognise intrinsic value when he saw it.  Since Moffatt it seems only hyper-attractive middle-class professionals need apply for the role as main companion.  I can't see this guy improving that.

Mary Sue's Vertue
Mary Sue's Vertue

I believe Series 9 will be Moffat's final series as showrunner. I know Moffat is a serious DW fanboy and to be head-writer for a series that you love must be ''the ultimate job'', but i suspect that as a writer there are other things that he would want to do, other than ''Doctor Who''. With the success of both ''Who'' and ''Sherlock'' in the U.S., it is only a matter of time before the Hollywood executives come calling for his talent, if they haven't already, and who here would want to deny him the opportunity to work on a big studio project. It will be a sad day when he does decide to eventually step down, but that day will come and then it's just the small matter of just who will replace him? Do the BBC select someone already within the series writing pool, or do they look further afield  to a writer with a good knowledge of the show and a proven track record of making good television? 

RedDevil7
RedDevil7

It would be sad to see Moffat go, but I am starting to think that Who needs a new head writer soon, not that Moffat is bad or anything, but some people are getting slightly tired of him and I must say I question his storylines sometimes, though very rarely!  I really like Horowitz.  Most of his work is very good and I would be extremely pleased if he got lead writer, but it seems unlikely.  

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

We need a great showrunner like RTD (not necessarily him but if he wanted to come back I'd love it), someone with a vision for the show, and someone who can recruit good/great writers that love the show. There is A LOT of talent out there, it shouldn't be that difficult to replace Moffat.

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

I hope Steven Moffat never leaves. Steven and his vision has taken the show from strength to strength and has made the show an incredible success with audiences far and wide. Steven Moffat and team have done an amazing job and made the show a lot more credible. I hope he never leaves.

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

To be honest, my pick for next show runner would be either Paul Cornell (if he ever comes back) or Chris Chibnall.

'Cos Guess Who? Ha!
'Cos Guess Who? Ha!

They should do one series where Moffat and the new showrunner (and, if applicable, production team) work together, in terms of writing, editing, everything. So when The New Showrunner (and possibly new production team) starts in the next series, everything has been perfectly transitioned and they know exactly what to do and what is going on.

Tennant_Capaldi
Tennant_Capaldi

Just let it be mark gatiss please or bring back Russell t Davies

'Cos Guess Who? Ha!
'Cos Guess Who? Ha!

I'm really hoping we get a good showrunner. That sounds obvious, doesn't it? I mean, we all do. But seriously, I really, really, really hope we get a good showrunner. Whoever it is. They literally make or break the show even being on air.

G_Unitt
G_Unitt

Why not just employ me? I think I'd be excellent. I'll cut down on budgets too, because I'll also direct. And play the Doctor. And the companion. And the TARDIS if needs be.

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

my personal hopes would be either Toby Whitehouse, Phil Ford or Nick Briggs. or a collaboration between the three of them!

I prefer Miss Bosswald
I prefer Miss Bosswald

It's the only big weakness of Moffat's era for me : he doesn't have a regular writer who delivers every year. I love Toby Whithouse's writing but Vampires of Venice is far from amazing. Even The God Complex & A Town called mercy get a lot of hate (Why? Only Tumblr knows). Lots of people talk about Phil Ford... The best part of The Waters of Mars was written by Davies. Into the Dalek was good but not amazing imo. And the obvious fact that he hasn't written a full episode on his own yet. Then there's Mark Gatiss... yup...

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@FanSince1970 I say resurrect John Wiles. Although everyone hated him when he was producer, his vision for the show was way ahead of it's time, and his experiments with the stories set so many precedents for the show we know and love today.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

Sylvester McCoy said it very well once, he pointed out that a new producer wants to bring in their own Doctor to put their mark on the show. It's basically been happening since Innes Lloyd got rid of Hartnell and brought in Troughton in 1966. Although those were unique circumstances, things could have gone a very different way.

joe4
joe4

@Unibot  I wish he had a say. He is still the best showrunner the show has ever had.

Temporal Tomato
Temporal Tomato

Amy was a Kissogram, Rory was a Nurse, (both living in a small English village,)  River was from the 51st century, Clara was a Barmaid in Victorian times, Entertainment Manager in the future and Nanny in the 21st century, later becoming a teacher. "hyper attractive middle-class professionals." Are you also saying Rose and Martha weren't as attractive as Amy or Clara?


Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Oleta eh? Amy was a middle-class professional? Danny, a former solder? Clara's hardly posh either.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@Oleta "public school-educated misogynistic twits" 


Seriously? You're marginalising people by class and having a go at them for marginalising others?

I hope you realise how snobbishly ironic that comment sounds...

nathew
nathew

They already have.. He had to skip out on his duties for the tin tin movie when he got the doctor who job. Steven Spielberg was reportedly very understanding and gracious seeing as he is a fan as well.

mczolly
mczolly

I don't need another showrunner like RTD.

HitchcockWhovian
HitchcockWhovian

@StephenAHayes Everyone gets tired in the end, and Moffat will (hopefully) know when to stop. Doctor Who relies on change to survive, and as talented as he is, the show is always king. I reckon 4-5 years is a long time for any wreiter to undergo such a high demand of work and attention. It's better to refresh and take a gamble (the last time that didn't happen, it led to the cancellation of the show). 

Christoph1337
Christoph1337

@Tennant_Capaldi Mark Gatiss has apparently refused the job, and Moffat has evidently been unsuccessfully trying to get Russell the Davies back since Series 5. I really don't know who it could be. 

Oleta
Oleta

@Tennant_Capaldi As much as I like Mark Gatiss as an actor and a writer of Sherlock, I haven't really enjoyed his Who eps.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

Nick Briggs would be amazing! Either way I'd love to see him write for the show sometime soon, he does great work for Big Finish.

SirTrey
SirTrey

@Sephora is Scottish now Closest thing we've had is Gaiman but Nightmare in Silver was nowhere near as fulfilling as The Doctor's Wife...having a second in command is a good safety net.

The Finn
The Finn

@Oodkind JNT wanted to go, but the BBC didn't let him. It was either him or the axing of the show.

Temporal Tomato
Temporal Tomato

It's not too far off how they did it in the mid 70's... It could work.


Temporal Tomato
Temporal Tomato

Mark Gatiss was pitching a reboot to the BBC before RTD, he's up for it, believe me!