Caroline Skinner, who has been with Doctor Who since 2011, is stepping down as executive producer, BBC Cymru Wales has announced. Skinner will now join BBC Drama Production in London. BBC Wales’ Head of Drama Faith Penhale will take over as the executive producer on the 50th Anniversary with immediate effect. The BBC is currently recruiting for a new executive producer to take over the role for the show’s eighth series.
Speaking of her departure, Caroline 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.”
While Faith Penhale, Head of Drama for BBC Wales, added: “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.”