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Will Steven Moffat be leaving Doctor Who soon?

September 6th, 2014 by Marc Comments

It’s about time Steven Moffat left Doctor Who isn’t it?  

He’s held the title of showrunner since 2010 but seems to have burnt himself out when it comes to making up new adventures for the Doctor.  And even though he has talked about his plans for series 9 next year, speculation about him leaving the show continues to run rife, with Anthony Horowitz being tipped to replace him.

Horowitz is the author of the Alex Rider books, and has also written for television and movies, including Crime Traveler, CollisionInjustice and Foyle’s War. He also tweeted the other day that he’s writing a Disney movie script which is yet to be announced. The possibility of Horowitz taking on the role of the new Who head writer was first brought up by Philip Morris, the man who found the previously missing episodes of two 1960s Doctor Who stories, “Enemy of the World” and “Web of Fear.” This suggestion came from a longer Facebook post in which Morris heavily criticised Moffat.

Not being a part of the current production team on Who, naturally Morris’ thoughts on who should take over carry little weight. Since then, Horowitz has first denied and then almost encouraged the speculation, with a series of tweets.

He first tweeted that it was “unlikely,” then it was “interesting,” and finally “Who knows” if there was any truth to it. And ultimately, that it’s “not certain” that he’s actually been offered the job.  In the end its highly unlikely that Moffat will leave the position before he’s ready to.

io9 later managed to get in touch with Horowitz directly, and he responded “I’m afraid there is no truth in the rumour.” He then added: “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.” So that’s that rumour quashed.

Unless of course Horowitz is lying.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….