DR WHO HITS TIME TROUBLE; Next series delayed until spring 2017.
Byline: NICOLA METHVEN email@example.com
DOCTOR Who fans will be hoping that time flies - because the next series has been held back until 2017.
And it will be the swansong for show chief, Scots writer Steven Moffat.
BBC chiefs have decided to delay the new series until next spring in a bid to turn his final run into a major TV event.
The move also means the family sci-fi show - starring Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord - can return to its Saturday teatime slot, after criticism about it being aired last year after 8pm.
Moffat- who bows out after running the BBC1 drama for six series - will be replaced by church writer Chris Chibnall.
Describing his role as "the best job in the universe", Moffat, from Paisley, said yesterday: "The fact is my timey-wimey is running out.
"While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I'll be finishing up and keeping the TARDIS warm for him."
He joked it had taken "a lot of gin and tonic" to talk Chris into the job, adding: "I am beyond delighted one of the true stars of British television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. Chris will become the new showrunner. And I will be thrown in a skip."
Chibnall said: "Steven's been a dazzling and daring showrunner and, hearing his plans for 2017, it's clear he'll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult."
Bosses had previously thought about screening six episodes of the series this year and the rest in 2017.
There is still scheduled to be a Christmas special this year.
The later time slot - caused by Strictly Come Dancing - led to a slump in ratings.
DOCTOR Peter Capaldi
SWANSONG Moffat is set for last series
LOOKING TO FUTURE Chris Chibnall