‘Doctor Who’ changes producers again

2:00 pm EDT, March 13, 2013

Caroline Skinner, one of the executive producers for Doctor Who, is leaving the show. Skinner first came aboard the Doctor Who team in 2011, and is leaving to join BBC Drama Production in London.

Skinner, featured in the photo in the red dress, was a fan favorite for her love of the series and welcoming presence. She frequently accompanied Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill to PR events such as Comic Con San Diego, BAFTA events, and the New York City screenings. She often spoke on discussion panels about the series.

According to the BBC:

Caroline told us, ‘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.’

BBC Wales’ Head of Drama, Faith Penhale, will be undertaking the role of executive producer on the 50th Anniversary episode of ‘Doctor Who’, alongside show runner, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

Penhale has been at the BBC a number of years in a variety of positions. Her most recent work includes stints as the executive producer for Outcasts and the reboot of Upstairs Downstairs. Pehale will be the fourth person to hold the title of executive producer since Russell T. Davies and Julie Garner departed in 2010 and turned the show over to Steven Moffat. Though this change over in staff may seem unusual, Doctor Who– since its inception in 1963, has had very few executive producers who have stayed longer than three years.

Marcus Wilson, who was on a BBC Radio interview the other day with Jenna-Louise Coleman, is seemingly continuing on as a producer.

What do you think about this latest change?

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