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Executive Decisions

Showrunner Chris Chibnall lifts the bonnet on Series 11 and looks forward to what’s in store when the Doctor returns…
Chris Chibnall, pictured in the TARDIS control room set on 24 September 2019.

“I knew it would change my life utterly. It doesn’t change you as a person, but it changes your life on a minute-by-minute, year-by-year basis.”

Series 12 of Doctor Who was in production for much of 2019.

It’s a rainy afternoon in Cardiff and at the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios Chris Chibnall is multi-tasking. He sweeps into the room, clutching a box of half-eaten rice salad. “I haven’t quite finished my lunch,” he apologises, flipping open the lid and producing a fork.

Chris has interrupted an edit on one of the Series 12 episodes – and his lunch – to spend an hour-and-a-half with Doctor Who Magazine. This is our first in-depth catch-up with the showrunner since Series 11 finished, and we’ll be taking the opportunity to find out what makes him tick. As well as angling for clues about the episodes coming in 2020.

Chris is only the third person to have taken the reins of Doctor Who since the show was revived by Russell T Davies 15 years ago. By the time he started work on Doctor Who in 2016, Chris had written episodes for the David Tennant and Matt Smith Doctors, been one of the producers of the spin-off series Torchwood and had enjoyed a major hit with ITV’s Broadchurch. However, none of this could fully prepare him for what was ahead, so he scheduled an informal handover meeting with outgoing showrunner Steven Moff at.

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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEWS OF THE NEW SERIES OF DOCTOR WHO! Highlights of this issue include: • An exclusive interview with showrunner Chris Chibnall, plus his latest Production Notes. • The directors of Series 12 speak exclusively to DWM. • Exclusive previews of the first two new-series episodes: Spyfall Parts One and Two. • Tosin Cole answers questions from the TARDIS Tin. • An Advent in Space and Time: six decades worth of festive Doctor Who TV and radio highlights. • DWM revisits the ‘Doctor Who pantomimes’ of the 1980s. • The final part of a candid interview with former script editor Andrew Cartmel. • Broadcaster Ian Collins recalls playing a Haemovore in 1989’s The Curse of Fenric. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen. • Doctor Who Magazine’s annual Christmas Quiz. • Part Four of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • An exclusive preview of the Season 26 Blu-ray box set. • Audio and book reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!