Executive producer

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An executive producer is the senior above the line talent on an episode, and is in overall charge of any episode's production.

Overview[[edit]]

In the 1963 version of Doctor Who, the executive producer credit was nonstandard, given that the Head of Serials (or later Head of Series and Serials) functioned as uncredited executive producer of not only Doctor Who, but all programmes in the department. The only exception was during season 18; at the time, the incoming Head asked Barry Letts to do the job for him on Doctor Who and oversee John Nathan-Turner's first year as producer. (REF: The Fourth Doctor Handbook) Hence, for that year only, an executive producer was credited on BBC-produced Doctor Who.

Since the 1996 tele-film, executive producers have been routinely credited on all DWU episodes. There have always been multiple executive producers on each episode of Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood, Class, and K9 — except for the official BBC parody, The Curse of Fatal Death.

Different executive producers have traditionally had different production emphases. Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat, for instance, have been primarily focussed on the writing, though they have had the authority to make decisions on any production matter they chose. Julie Gardner and Piers Wenger have held an executive producer credit largely because they held the position of Head of Drama at BBC Wales, with Gardner later being the cofounder of Bad Wolf Productions some time after leaving her position as Head of Drama. In this way, they were not dissimilar to the uncredited executive producers of the past, like Shaun Sutton.

In contrast to the classic series, they have been much more involved with the workaday production of the show. They have made direct contributions to narrative and storytelling, as well. Gardner overrode RTD and insisted that the Tenth Doctor should leave Earth for the last time from the Powell Estate, to narratively "bookend" his first appearance on Earth in The Christmas Invasion. (PCOM: The End of Time, part 2) The "BBC Wales executive producer" also had an active role in major casting; Wenger was directly involved in choosing Matt Smith (CON: The Eleventh Doctor) and Gardner negotiated for the series 4 return of Catherine Tate largely without Davies' assistance. (REF: The Writer's Tale)

Executive producers of Doctor Who[[edit]]

Season 18[[edit]]

1996 movie[[edit]]

With Russell T Davies (2005-2010)[[edit]]

Series 1[[edit]]

Series 2[[edit]]

  • Julie Gardner

Series 3 and 4[[edit]]

With Steven Moffat (2010-2017)[[edit]]

The Eleventh Hour to The Wedding of River Song
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Asylum of the Daleks to The Name of the Doctor
  • Caroline Skinner
The Day of the Doctor
The Time of the Doctor to Twice Upon a Time

With Chris Chibnall (2018-2022)[[edit]]

With Russell T Davies (2023-present)[[edit]]

  • Julie Gardner
  • Jane Tranter
  • Phil Collinson
  • Joel Collins

Executive producers of Torchwood[[edit]]

Series 1 to 3 Children of Earth[[edit]]

Series 4 Miracle Day[[edit]]

Bharat Nalluri directed The New World, on which he was credited as a full executive producer.

Executive producers of The Sarah Jane Adventures[[edit]]

Series 1[[edit]]

Series 2[[edit]]

  • Russell T Davies
  • Julie Gardner

Series 3[[edit]]

Series 4 and 5[[edit]]

Executive producers of Class[[edit]]