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4 April 2013

The BBC have advertised the role of Executive Producer for Doctor Who on their BBC Careers website.

The position which became available when Caroline Skinner stepped down earlier last month, has been temporarily occupied by Faith Penhale, while the replacement is found.

The role will be for a 20-Month contract, which confirms (in case anyone doubted) that Doctor Who will be in production in 2014, and the closing date for applications is 14th April at 11:59pm (to be precise).

Below are details of the role and its requirements, as per the posting:

The Role

"We are looking for someone with extensive experience in producing complex action packed drama which appeals to the broad BBC One audience, who will help develop, communicate and implement the creative vision for our show. 

As Executive Producer you will be responsible to the Head of Drama, Wales, for the editorial, production and financial management of Doctor Who. The successful candidate will therefore have extensive production experience in popular and complex primetime television series and be confident in leading and inspiring a team to create their best work.

Working closely with our Lead Writer you will consistently deliver fresh, original, high quality and high profile episodes of Doctor Who to BBC One."


"If you are strong editorially, driven, self-motivated, approachable and passionate about making popular, ground-breaking television drama, we’d love to hear from you.

Experience of producing complex period dramas including effects is essential. You must have original and creative ideas for storylines and characters as well as the skills and abilities to communicate these to the team.  You need experience of leading a production team; an eye for detail and be used to working with internal and external stakeholders such as co-producers.  You’ll be privy to confidential and commercially sensitive information so it’s important you understand how to handle this. In addition you’ll have an awareness of our audiences and the knowledge of professionals within the industry including writers, directors, production teams and actors. This is not your normal 9-5 job, so you will need to be flexible with your time and duties and demonstrate resilience."

It is worth noting that advertising a vacant job role is a legal requirement and the role may very well be filled or partie(s) approached already.

[Source: BBC Careers website]

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