BBC Cymru Wales confirms that Caroline Skinner has decided to step down as executive producer of Doctor Who. Caroline joined the show in 2011 as the Executive Producer alongside Steven Moffat and is now set to join BBC Drama Production in London.
Caroline Skinner says: “It has been an honour to have been a part of Doctor Who, and a privilege to have worked with Steven Moffat and Matt Smith on this extraordinary show. I have hugely enjoyed my time in BBC Wales and would like to thank Faith Penhale, and our wonderful production team for their unending commitment and brilliance. I will miss them all enormously, but I’m leaving Doctor Who in fine form, with the new series starting at Easter and the fantastic plans for the 50th Anniversary already underway. I am delighted to be now returning to BBC Drama Production in London as an executive producer, and the new opportunities and projects that will bring.”
Faith Penhale, head of drama BBC Wales adds: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline for her contribution to Doctor Who since taking on the role in 2011, on behalf of both the BBC and the show. She leaves the show in good shape – there’s a brilliant new series starting on Easter Saturday that will see the official arrival of the Doctor’s new companion! And the 50th Anniversary plans are on track to deliver audiences an unmissable event! I wish her all the very best for the future.”
Faith Penhale will take over as the executive producer on the 50th Anniversary with immediate effect.
Caroline will continue working on BBC Two’s one-off drama An Adventure in Space and Time which forms part of the BBC’s celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary.
The recruitment process for a new executive producer for the next series will start shortly. The last Doctor Who episodes Skinner produced are due start broadcast later this month on BBC One and BBC One HD.