has been made executive producer on Doctor Who
alongside showrunner and lead writer Steven Moffat
with immediate effect, it was announced this afternoon.
He replaces Caroline Skinner
, who stepped down last month to join BBC Drama Production in London.
Minchin is an executive producer for BBC Wales's drama department, where he has been working on The Game
, a new Cold War spy thriller from Toby Whithouse
for BBC One, and Wizards vs Aliens
, the Russell T Davies
and Phil Ford
co-creation for CBBC. He has also worked as BBC executive producer on Dirk Gently
- based on the novels by Douglas Adams
- and Being Human
(another Whithouse creation).
He has been a script editor on Doctor Who
and was a producer for spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures
as well as the UK sections of Torchwood: Miracle Day
, and was assistant producer on Torchwood: Children Of Earth
Having grown up in Aberystwyth, Minchin joined the BBC Wales drama department in Cardiff in 2005 as a script editor working on the BBC One Wales production Belonging
, before moving to network dramas Doctor Who
in the same role.
I'm thrilled and excited to be joining Steven Moffat on a show that has meant so much to me over the years. I've watched in awe as Steven has taken Doctor Who to wild and imaginative places and I can't wait to get started on many more adventures with the Doctor.Faith Penhale
, the head of drama at BBC Wales, said:
I've no doubt Doctor Who will enjoy a very exciting time with Brian at the helm working alongside Steven. Since joining BBC Wales in 2005, he's proved he has a fantastic eye for story and a sharp awareness of what makes a drama like Doctor Who unmissable.
And Moffat added:
When I first took over Doctor Who, Brian was there as script editor, and in the most difficult time of a new Doctor and a new era was completely brilliant. We lost him to producing The Sarah Jane Adventures at the end of our first run. Rising talent keeps rising, is how I comforted myself back then - but now I am beyond happy that Brian has risen all the way back to Doctor Who in his new role of executive producer. I look forward to getting hopelessly lost in space and time with him.