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Caroline Skinner steps down as Executive Producer

Caroline Skinner steps down as Executive Producer of Doctor Who

From The BBC Press office…

BBC Cymru Wales confirms that Caroline Skinner has decided to step down as Executive Producer of Doctor Who. Caroline joined the show in 2011 as the Executive Producer alongside Steven Moffat and is now set to join BBC Drama Production in London.

Caroline Skinner says: “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.”

Faith Penhale, Head of Drama BBC Wales adds: “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.”

Faith Penhale will take over as the executive producer on the 50th Anniversary with immediate effect.

Caroline will continue working on BBC Two’s one-off drama An Adventure In Space and Time which forms part of the BBC’s celebrations to mark the 50th Anniversary.

The recruitment process for a new executive producer for the next series will start shortly.



  • McGann is the Doctor.

    March 16th, 2013 - 5:49pm

    Was very surprised and dissapointed to hear this.

    She made great contributions during her time and had a great understanding of the show.

    It seems for every good piece of Doctor Who news, there must be atlease two bad one 🙁

  • crazy guy

    March 16th, 2013 - 7:28am

    hey great news BBC america has confirmed a new trailer for the second part of series 7 and matt smith is on the Johnathan Ross show were there is a clip of the bells of saint john being shown too.
    the trailer is gonna be released at 6pm

  • Dr Tom

    March 15th, 2013 - 10:47am

    The parting of the ways has come over the casting of David Morrisey as the 12th Doctor!

    • thedaleksdeath

      March 15th, 2013 - 5:54pm

      You know he wasn’t the real doctor in that episode?

    • Dr Tom

      March 16th, 2013 - 9:50am

      Get away!

  • Imaginethatnodoor

    March 14th, 2013 - 6:19pm

    Why did she leave. Can’t Moffat for gods sake. He is killing doctor who, and the whole “first question” thing is stupid because. If you find out his name and who he is. What is the point of the show. It is called doctor “WHO” remember


      March 14th, 2013 - 7:06pm

      If moffat left then there wouldn’t be a doctor who show any more, yes its sad that caroline is leaving and yes it is strange that she left right before the filming of the 50th anniversary but maybe we should count our selves lucky that moffat hasn’t left because if that happened they would have to delay the 50th anniversary or just cancel it plus I happen to like the whole DOCTOR WHO question… Goodbye caroline, hope that this opportunity means greatness for your life

    • Imaginethatnodoor

      March 15th, 2013 - 5:49am

      Well that is your opinion jnr_noble. But I stand by my opinion that moffat is crucifying the show

    • Will

      March 16th, 2013 - 1:10am

      Actually, if Moffat were to step down, the BBC would find a replacement for him very quickly, of course they have someone to fall back on, what company wouldn’t?

    • Imaginethatnodoor

      March 16th, 2013 - 11:55am

      Precisely will. You never know they may hire one of the old writers from the 70s

    • Dalek The Supreme

      March 21st, 2013 - 12:49pm

      While it’s sad to see Caroline Skinner go, there’s no reason to blame Steven Moffat.

  • Lee Adams (Dalek Tales creator)

    March 14th, 2013 - 2:15pm

    Well im open to be exec, ive been a director of an animation department once not much different its all about knowing what creativity will work and how much it will entail and getting the best from it and its budget.

    but it is a shame she is going so soon it was probably a better job offer but since she came on board she has helped rain back Doctor Who out of the tangled web of confusing story arcs that Mr Moffat was subjecting us too.


      March 14th, 2013 - 3:23pm

      Hey Lee, it’s Jason, you may remember me on YouTuber under the same user name of Doctor Who One.

      Just to let you know, Ive recreated a couple of scenes from you ‘Dalek Tales – The Dalek That Time Forgot’story on the Deviant Art website.

      You can find me on their under the same username, or just by looking up the site and then just type in the title of your Dalek story. Hope you like the picks, full credit to your awesome story offcourse and your good self 😉

    • Dalek The Supreme

      April 5th, 2013 - 4:47am

      Those recreations look great, DoctorWhoOne! I love how great the Paradigm Daleks and Time War Daleks look together!

  • When I Say Run

    March 14th, 2013 - 7:42am

    So soon! Doctor Who Magazine better do a giant special for her ! You will be missed Caroline Skinner!

    • Scott the Raptor

      March 14th, 2013 - 8:03am

      To be honest, DWM have got a lot to do at the moment with the death of Ray Cusick and the magazine special coming out this month.

  • Doctor Who

    March 13th, 2013 - 7:37pm

    Goodbye Caroline you will be missed!

  • Dalek The Supreme

    March 13th, 2013 - 5:40pm

    Well, goodbye Caroline. I hope you enjoy whatever you’ll be doing from now on.


    March 13th, 2013 - 5:19pm

    So soon… Good like Caroline Skinner!

  • UDWF1

    March 13th, 2013 - 5:03pm

    Really? She didn’t last long…

  • drjakeyoung

    March 13th, 2013 - 4:46pm

    since Steven has been on Dr who, we have had 3 executive producers leave! and in just over 2 years!

    • Anonymous

      March 13th, 2013 - 5:14pm

      you’re right, and the same team stayed together throughout the RTD era (except collinson leaving at end of 4) somethings not right.

    • drjakeyoung

      March 13th, 2013 - 5:43pm

      i think they must have had a falling out or something. This new one better stay AT LEAST till matt smith leaves in about 2 years.

    • The Greater Intelligence

      March 13th, 2013 - 6:19pm

      I thought he was leaving this year?


      March 13th, 2013 - 6:37pm

      Dr Jake Young – She may not have had a falling out with Steven Moffat or anyone else. Maybe she’s just tired of working on the show, cos you have to remember they spend like 9 months of the year working on the show, and means not seeing much of family and friends, which for all we know probably feels like working in a labour camp when working on Doctor Who, cutting you off from loved ones etc.

    • drjakeyoung

      March 13th, 2013 - 6:49pm

      as i respect your point, i have 2 things to say:

      1. Julie garderner (is that how you spell her name?) stayed for 5 years with russel, not just 1 year like skinner.

      2. Have you seen how much these producers get payed! I would not use family as an excuse to give up how much they get payed!

    • Anonymous

      March 13th, 2013 - 10:32pm

      sometimes money isn’t everything and maybe she is leaving for family but as i said somethings not right. first piers wenger and beth willis leave okay 2 years is long, but caro announcing to be leaving less than a week before filming starts on the 50th special seems strange to me.

    • John Smith

      March 14th, 2013 - 5:35am

      @ The Great Intelligence.

      I seriously hope Matt Smith isn’t leaving. I’d honestly hate it if he did. I’m tired of having Doctor’s who only stay around for 3-4 years. Why can’t we have a Doctor like Baker who stays on for a little bit longer. I’m not suggesting Smith stays on for 7 years (although that would be cool) I just want to see him stick around a little longer.

  • The Flying Shark

    March 13th, 2013 - 3:45pm

    This is a shame, good luck in your future!

  • Jamiouse

    March 13th, 2013 - 3:36pm

    They certainly like getting through their Exec Producers on Doctor Who!

  • matt9982

    March 13th, 2013 - 3:29pm

    Good luck Caro! 🙂


    March 13th, 2013 - 3:23pm

    If I has a job on Doctor Who I would NEVER give it up for anything, cos if I did then I’m curtain I’d only regret it for the rest of my life afterwards.

  • The Smith Nebula

    March 13th, 2013 - 2:45pm

    Wow, this is quite sudden. Well good luck wherever life takes you Carro!


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