Caroline Skinner

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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

BBC America just announced they’ll be hosting the premiere screening of Doctor Who‘s Series 7 opener, “Asylum of the DaleksSaturday, August 25th in New York City. But…but…butbutbutbut – WHAT IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN OR NEAR MANHATTAN, BBC AMERICA?!? When do the rest of us get to see it? Believe it or not there’ still no official air date for new Doctor Who, because the universe hates us, but I’m gonna bet it’ll be September 1st if they’re holding the premiere screening on the 25th. We’ll update when we finally get official word on this.

Anyway, for those who’d like a chance to see “Asylum of the Daleks” first and getting to NYC on 25th isn’t a hassle, here’s what you need to know:

BBC AMERICA is proud to present the U.S. premiere screening of the new season of Doctor Who Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 6 pm in New York City. The screening will be immediately followed by a live Q&A with stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and executive producer Caroline Skinner.

Don’t miss your chance to be among the first to see ‘Asylum of the Daleks,’the season premiere of the all-new series, before the premiere on BBC AMERICA’S Supernatural Saturday, coming this Fall.

Tickets cost 11¢ (with a $1 surcharge) in honor of the Eleventh Doctor.

We will announce the venue and ticket information tomorrow. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW Thursday, August 16 and will be made available exclusively through a link shared by the @BBCAmerica Twitter handle. Tickets will sell out fast so follow @BBCAmerica to be informed of the link as soon as it goes live!

Be sure you’re following @BBCAmerica for your chance, at $1.11 a pop these tickets will be gone before you can say Raxacoricofallapatorius!

UPDATED! Hypable is reporting that the BBC have confirmed the Series 7 premiere of Doctor Who for Septemeber 1st. I’ll now just call it saying Doctor Who will return to TV screens in the U.S. on the same day at 9pm EST. And if you’re doubting me, just take a glance at this HUGE, hour long whole in BBC America’s programming schedule for that evening. Just after a marathon of Series 6, how convenient.

Doctor Who and Co. were well on their way to spawning an entire universe of spinoffs. Unfortunately, Torchwood had an underwhelming last season when they switch to Starz for Miracle Day making their return is iffy and The Sarah Jane Adventure‘s future is unsure since the passing of Elizabeth Sladen. With Doctor Who‘s popularity surging and the 50th Anniversary next year, will a new Who spinoff happen soon?

I’m not against it. Spinoff shows happen because you think, ‘That is so good, you should spin it off’—but personally I’m relatively busy.

That’s what showrunner Steven Moffat had to say about it, and I don’t blame him. How the man hasn’t gone completely bonkers from overwork I don’t know. He was asked this at last weekend’s first official Doctor Who convention in Cardiff. After his comments, Who producer Caroline Skinner added, “you never know,” which I take to mean no spinoff may be on the table as of yet, but they’re open to the possibility.

What characters would you like to see explored more fully in a Doctor Who spinoff?

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