Steven Moffat to take over as Doctor Who producer

The BBC has confirmed that Hugo-hoovering Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat will be taking over as the showrunner for the fifth season of the show, after Russell T Davies stands down (after 2009's series of Who specials). Quelle surprise .

Moffat wrote season one's "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances", season two's "The Girl in the Fireplace" and season three's "Blink". His latest two-parter starts airing after Who returns from its Eurovision-induced one week break. He also wrote last year's Jekyll series and the screenplay for the forthcoming Tintin movie.

"My entire career has been a secret plan to get this job," said Moffat. "I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light, and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. I say toughest cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing."

If you fancy reading the usual old blah, the full BBC press release can be found here .

We look forward to sucking up to Mr Moffat in the near future. Y'know, we always thought Chalk was seriously under-rated.

Oh, and Davies, you're dead to us now*.

* Not really. We're just being cheeky.