The 2016 hiatus was announced by the BBC in January 2016 along with Morrowfat's retirement and Chibby Wibbles ascension to showruiner in 2018. Series 10 will be delayed until 2017 with Series Dubs and The Diamond Age to follow in 2018.
New companion Edit
A Christmas special WILL air this year overseen by Moff, though no one knows whether the new companion will be in it. The companion will "definitely be in place for the spring 2017 series" says the Beeb.
BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: “I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in Spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 - I promise it will be worth the wait!”
The Moff speaks Edit
Moffat said of his decision to quit: “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”
Goodnight sweet prince.
/who/ reacted with nothing but optimism and excitement to the news, as you can see here: http://archive.4plebs.org/tv/thread/65182894/#65196179