Doctor Who Executive Producer Julie Gardner, who joined the BBC from Thames in 2003 to take charge of Doctor Who with Mal Young and Russell T Davies, is to step down from the running of the series.
Taking over from Gardner for the 2009 three special episodes series will be Piers Wenger (not formerly Arsenal manager), the man in charge of the recent Victoria Wood-starring Housewife 49.
There is no word as yet on the future involvement of Russell T Davies.
“I know that when I hand over my sonic screwdriver to Piers for season five of Doctor Who, it will be to someone who loves and understands the show.”
BBC One Head Jane Tranter described Gardner as
“…one of the most impressive television executives in the UK”.
“Her success over the past four years in BBC Wales drama has been unparalleled and her work on Doctor Who has earned her a place in TV history,” she said.
“I’m delighted that she is committed to working across such a broad range of drama at the BBC for the next few years. She will provide a guiding light for Piers for the next 12 months and this creative collaboration will be an exciting time for BBC Wales drama.”
Before leaving BBC Wales, Gardner will continue to executive produce Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures as well as development and commissioning of new Saturday evening drama for BBC1.