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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: Steven Moffat talks about new exec producer Caroline Skinner

Steven Moffat at the BBC’s official Doctor Who Web site:

The exec joining me on Doctor Who is Caroline Skinner – fresh from the wonderful Five Days, and still finishing up on a brand new show called The Fades (a fantasy horror series, written by Jack Thorne – I’ve seen episode 1, and it’s BRILLIANT.) Somewhere between me laughing in a basement and choosing planets to invade, and Marcus Wilson raising armies, there has to be a Prime Minister actually running the whole thing. That’s the job Piers Wenger and Beth Willis have been doing so wonderfully for the last few years. Now that Piers is off to movie land, that’s the furnace Caroline will be walking into.

It’s a funny thing about this show: the people who work on it, get so attached and so passionate about it, they can’t just leave – they have to make sure it’s going to be okay after they’re gone. Just as when Russell was leaving, he sounded me out about taking over, Piers had strong views on who should be his successor. And as soon as I met Caroline, I knew exactly why. It takes a particular kind of person to work on this show – you have to be prepared to work every day of the week, laugh in the face of holidays, and above all, understand that Doctor Who is completely impossible to make and then make it anyway. I could see all that in Caroline – so off we go!

That’s my emphasis in boldface at the end. Nice description of working on the show. I bet it’s even tougher than that.

According to Skinner’s IMDB page, so also worked as script editor on Ruby in the Smoke and The Last Detective, both of which I heartily recommend. So it seems Doctor Who continues to be in good hands.

(Thanks to Ken for the link. If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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