Doctor Who: New Executive Producer Announced

The BBC has announced that former Being Human producer Brian Minchin is to be the new executive producer of Doctor Who , alongside showrunner Steven Moffat. He replaces Caroline Skinner who left earlier this year.

Minchin is an executive producer for BBC Wales drama, currently working on The Game , a new Cold War spy thriller from Toby Whithouse for BBC One, and Wizards Vs Aliens , Russell T Davies’ hit show for CBBC. He has also worked as BBC executive producer on Dirk Gently and Being Human , produced the RTS award-winning and BAFTA nominated series The Sarah Jane Adventures , as well as the UK sections of Torchwood: Miracle Day . He was assistant producer on Torchwood: Children of Earth.

Brian, who grew up in Aberystwyth, joined the department in Cardiff in 2005 as a script editor working on BBC One Wales drama Belonging , before moving on to network dramas Doctor Who and Torchwood in the same role.

Brian says: “I'm thrilled and excited to be joining Steven Moffat on a show that has meant so much to me over the years. I've watched in awe as Steven has taken Doctor Who to wild and imaginative places and I can't wait to get started on many more adventures with the Doctor.”

Faith Penhale, head of drama Wales, says: “I've no doubt Doctor Who will enjoy a very exciting time with Brian at the helm working alongside Steven. Since joining BBC Wales in 2005, he’s proved he has a fantastic eye for story and a sharp awareness of what makes a drama like Doctor Who unmissable."

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, adds: “When I first took over Doctor Who , Brian was there as script editor, and in the most difficult time of a new Doctor and a new era, was completely brilliant. We lost him to producing The Sarah Jane Adventures at the end of our first run. Rising talent keeps rising, is how I comforted myself back then – but now I am beyond happy that Brian has risen all the way back to Doctor Who , in his new role of executive producer. I look forward to getting hopelessly lost in space and time with him.”

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