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David Tennant: 'Chris Chibnall was the only choice to run Doctor Who'

David Tennant
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David Tennant on why Broadchurch's writer is the best man to take charge of Doctor Who

Former Time Lord David Tennant thinks that his boss on Broadchurch – writer Chris Chibnall – will be perfect as the new head writer and executive producer of Doctor Who.

"He's possibly the only choice. There was an inevitability that they would turn to Chris. It is a massive, difficult job and it needs someone who is as enthusiastic and as talented as him," David told TV & Satellite Week. "It’ll go from strength to strength and it is nice to know a prized property will be in safe hands."

Chris Chibnall

Now that he has finished work on the third and final instalment of Broadchurch, Chris will take over the Doctor Who reins in 2018 and Steven Moffatt’s final series at the helm will air this spring.

Broadchurch airs on Monday on ITV at 9pm

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.


Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.


Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.


In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.