We Asked DWW Readers Who They’d Like To See as Next Showrunner… Here’s The Result


With the ongoing speculation over the future of Steven Moffat as Doctor Who head writer and executive producer, we asked our readers who their choice for the next showrunner would be.

Given four choices, the most common names linked with the role, our readers voted for Mark Gatiss as their choice to take over the role when The Moff lays down his Doctor Who pen.

Yes we know there’s only one “l” in Neil!

Gatiss was under heavy challenge from Toby Whithouse, receiving 40% and 37% respectfully, while the tipped Chris Chibnall received 16% of the vote.

Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock's The Abominable Bride

Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock’s The Abominable Bride

Mark Gatiss has been associated with Doctor Who for nearly 25 years, having published his first Doctor Who novel Nightshade in 1992, most recently contributing Sleep No More to Series 9. He has worked alongside Steven Moffat extensively over recent years as the co-creator of the immensely popular Sherlock.

Speaking in 2014, Gatiss said he didn’t think about taking over the role in the future:

“I don’t think about this… To be honest with you, I’m very happy and very busy doing what I’m doing. Almost a little too busy actually.”

What do our readers think? do you agree Mark would be best to take over? or do you have somebody else in mind? let us know!


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