The BBC just issued a press releasing confirming that J.J. Abrams will, indeed, be the new showrunner and director for Doctor Who, beginning next year. The release includes quotes from Abrams and current showrunner Stephen Moffat. Here’s the press release:
The BBC is happy to announce that J.J. Abrams will take over as showrunner for Doctor Who after Stephen Moffat steps down from the role in 2015. Abrams was not only the BBC’s first choice to take up the position, but Moffat’s, as well. Moffat said, “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s the ideal choice for the next generation of Doctor Who and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
“To be a part of the next chapter of the Doctor Who series, to collaborate with this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to the BBC now than I was as a kid wearing my long multi-colored scarf.”
J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the BBC banner.
Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. He also created or co-created acclaimed television series Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.
Peter Capaldi, otherwise known as the 12th Doctor, had this to say: “J.J represents the next generation of television from those that were making Doctor Who when I started. I understand that when he was a teen, he was a fan of Doctor Who, and a great deal of his love for television and movies came out of that. You feel that he’s already invested so many years in it, and he’s going to propel it forward in a new way. In other words, you’re having a fan who has grown up and developed tremendous directorial skills finding himself at the steering wheel to take the franchise into the next stage. I feel like I’m there watching history turn over from one era to another.”
(If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, you’ve been fooled. Happy April 1st, everyone!).