DOCTOR WHO executive producer Caroline Skinner suddenly resigned on March 13, effective immediately. Faith Penhale, who was head of drama at BBC Wales, was quickly named her replacement.
The switch is not expected to cause any problems for the balance of series seven, which is already in the can, but the effect on the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations remains to be seen. The anniversary story begins filming on Monday, and while Penhale will help shepherd that production, word is she won’t be staying, and the hunt for permanent replacement is under way.
Skinner issued the following statement:
“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.”