Effective, basically, immediately Caroline Skinner is no longer working on Doctor Who. The producer joined the series in 2011 and served along side Steven Moffat through the series’ sixth and seventh seasons. The official word came from the BBC earlier this morning. In a statement, Skinner said,
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.
She’ll continue to serve as producer on BBC Two and Mark Gatiss‘ upcoming 50th anniversary docu-drama, An Adventure in Space and Time, before returning to BBC Drama. Caro, your enthusiam for Who will surely be missed.
Interestingly, Bleeding Cool seem to hint at the decision for her to leave stemmed from a “very public row” she had with Moffat at the recent BBC Showcase event, but with no further information this could just be industry gossip.
Taking over producer duties for Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary is BBC Wales’ Head of Drama, Faith Penhale,
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.
They’re clearly trying to deliver the message that all is well, but we have to be a little concerned when a producer bounces out right before production begins on the biggest Doctor Who event, ever, right?
Source: Doctor Who TV