New Doctor Who Showrunner Chris Chibnall Challenges Writers … In 1986

When newly announced Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall says he is a life-long fan of the show, he isn’t just whistling platitudes.

In the following video, Chibnall and other members of the Liverpool Doctor Who Appreciation Society voiced their opinions of the 1986 season on the television program Open Air. He addressed some of his concerns to writers Pip and Jane Baker about the season’s deficiencies, referring to their story, The Terror of the Vervoids, as “boring.”

“The story itself has been done in a different way in the past few years, very much a whodunit on board a space liner, a very traditional sort of thing that people expect Doctor Who to fall into,” he explained. “It would be nice to have something different to the norm.”

When then-producer John Nathan-Turner joined the discussion, he called the criticisms “over the top.” But if you’ve ever watched The Terror of the Vervoids, you know Chibnall is indeed correct.

Of course, these words could live to haunt the Broadchurch creator when he finds himself in Nathan-Turner’s shoes in 2018.

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