Sam Hoyle Appointed Executive Producer on Doctor Who Series 11?

Though the BBC is yet to confirm the news, it appears that Sam Hoyle will be joining Doctor Who Series 11 as Executive Producer, alongside Chris Chibnall (incoming showrunner) and Matt Strevens (An Adventure in Space and Time).

The revelation came in an understated – and perhaps accidental – way, as Creative Cardiff announced a talk with BBC Studios’ new Head of Drama, Wales, Simon Winstone. The blurb reads:

“Simon Winstone discusses his new role, as Head of Drama in Wales for BBC Studios, in conversation with Sam Hoyle (Co-Executive Producer of the next series of Doctor Who)… Sam Hoyle has recently joined Doctor Who as Co-Executive Producer, working with the new Showrunner Chris Chibnall and Executive Producer Matt Strevens.”

This certainly won’t be the first time Hoyle has worked with Chibnall: she acted as Script Executive and Associate/Line Producer on Broadchurch (including throughout its final season, Series 3, which aired earlier this year on ITV), and the BBC’s The Great Train Robbery. Elsewhere, she was responsible for rebooting the Agatha Christie brand on BBC Radio 4, and was a Script Executive on Jinx (2009) and The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby (2012). She also served as Script Editor on Camelot, a 2011 series for Starz (the US network which co-produced Torchwood: Miracle Day).

Doctor Who Series 11 will, of course, be the first to feature a female Doctor in Jodie Whittaker, so it’s pleasing, at least, to see a female member of staff joining the roster behind-the-scenes; otherwise, it’s equality for appearances’ sake only.

We expect the BBC to officially announce the appointment imminently. But, as ever, the DWC will keep you up to date with all the latest developments!

  • Bob James

    Looks like a Broadchurch reunion is underway.

    • The Lazy Womble

      Doesn’t it?

      • Bob James

        What do you call reassembling a creative team that worked well together with good ideas in the past? A good idea. What do you call reassembling a creative team that works off agendas? The formula for disaster.

        • Jack Ashcraft

          Are you writing for Chibnall’s upcoming disaster?

          • Bob James

            He can’t hear my jesting mockery, so I can’t give him ideas. Thank God.

    • Jack Ashcraft

      Broadchurch in Space

    • DonnaM

      It’s understandable that Chibnall would feel more comfortable taking on this massive job with people he’s worked with before I suppose, but it is all starting to feel a tiny bit clique-ish. If they’re all able to say “No, Chris, that’s not a good idea” and be listened to, this “writer’s room” idea of his might be a blessing for the show. If they’re all friends together patting each other on the back – no.

      • The Lazy Womble

        As Sylvester McCoy is fond of saying, time will tell.

        • Bob James

          I’m still hoping Time can be rewritten.

      • Bob James

        Broadchurch and its narrative might very well have been an ideal place to explore and foster awareness of some of the issues Chibnall and his team sought to engage in and explore awareness and dialogue regarding. I would suggest that Doctor Who isn’t. I hope their “mission” statement and goals aren’t the same because these are two vastly different shows. That’s what I would be concerned about, and what I was suggesting might be an issue in my statement above. A well exercised conscientious agenda to promote awareness and foster discussion could well have a platform in Broadchurch, but I believe it could just prove to be an imposition on Doctor Who.