New Doctor Who producers announced

Thursday, April 16, 2009 by

BBC Cymru Wales has announced the new Doctor Who producers.

Here, as ever, is the full press release…

BBC Wales has announced three key appointments to its flagship production Doctor Who as the new series starring the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, prepares for shooting.

Tracie Simpson (producer of Doctor Who: Planet Of The Dead) and Peter Bennett (producer of the forthcoming Torchwood series) have been appointed as producers on the multi-award winning BBC One show.

Beth Willis, producer of the hugely popular and award-winning BBC drama series Ashes To Ashes, will join new Lead Writer Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger as an executive producer.

Willis will work closely with Bennett and Simpson – both veterans of the BBC1 drama – on the day-to-day running of the new series as part of her executive role. She will combine her role on Doctor Who with work across a range of other BBC Wales dramas.

The appointment of the new team marks the start of a new chapter in the life of the series. Pre-production begins next month with shooting due to get under way later in the summer in and around the Cardiff area.

Doctor Who Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat said: “Beth and Tracie and Pete aren’t the A Team, they’re the people the A Team call. Tracie and Pete are the backstage stars of Doctor Who and having them on board as producers isn’t just the best possible news for Matt Smith’s first series, it’s a massive relief.

“And Beth Willis, fresh from the brilliant Ashes To Ashes, is joining Piers and I as an executive so finally there’ll be someone to wear the trousers.”

BBC Wales Head of Drama Piers Wenger said: “Having Beth, Pete and Tracie on board is nothing short of thrilling. In their time on the show, Tracie and Pete have worked miracles. Joining forces with a talent like Beth will ensure that Doctor Who remains one of the most exciting and, frankly, formidable production teams around.”


One Response to “New Doctor Who producers announced”

  1. Glenn Aylett on May 20th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Out of interest, how much would a producer earn on Doctor Who? I have tried to reaearch BBC salaries online and not found a complete answer: I am under the impression from BBC pay scales that a producer earns £ 50-70,000 a year basic and the last time I had a definite guide to pay for producers was in a 1991 copy of Ariel that I saw in 1991 at Radio Cumbria where the BBC was offering £ 41,000 a year for a current affairs producer in London.