Caroline Skinner’s ‘Baptism of Fire’

Most people’s first day at a new job consists of awkward greetings and being handed all the tedious menial jobs that no-one wants- Well not on Moffat’s watch! New Executive Producer Caroline Skinner (Five Days) has been promised a baptism of fire when she takes over.

Speaking to the BBC’s Doctor Who site Moffat praised his new ‘Prime Minister’- calling her out as one of those rare breed of producers that the show needs:

“It takes a particular kind of person to work on this show – you have to be prepared to work every day of the week, laugh in the face of holidays, and above all, understand that Doctor Who is completely impossible to make and then make it anyway. I could see all that in Caroline – so off we go!”

Skinner’s first episode will be the Christmas special – working alongside the departing Piers Wenger (who heads to Film4 Productions) and both are looking for a big bang to signal the end/beginning of a new era. Wenger, just like Russell T. Davies, though won’t leave the show to just anyone:

“It’s a funny thing about this show: the people who work on it, get so attached and so passionate about it, they can’t just leave – they have to make sure it’s going to be okay after they’re gone. Just as when Russell was leaving, he sounded me out about taking over, Piers had strong views on who should be his successor. And as soon as I met Caroline, I knew exactly why.”

Just what is happening with the Christmas Special is a matter of conjecture but as far as the words on the page go Moffat hasn’t made life easy for his Exec’s:

“I think I spent the entire budget on the first page. A baptism of fire for Caroline Skinner. Literally fire. And aliens!”


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