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Wenger is the new emperor of Dr Who

11/12/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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BBC Wales has said that Piers Wenger is to take over the reins as Executive Producer for Doctor Who's fifth series when Julie Gardner leaves that role in January 2009.

"I'm incredibly excited to be joining BBC Wales," Piers told "The success of the drama team there has been extraordinary and I look forward to taking the team to even greater heights. Working with Julie Gardner on Doctor Who over the next year will provide an invaluable insight into the secrets and success of the series. I couldn't have a more inspiring leader."

Julie Gardner will continue as Executive Producer of the fourth Doctor Who series and the Doctor Who specials to be broadcast during 2009. She will continue to executive produce Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures for BBC Wales.

BBC Wales Controller Menna Richards said, "I'm delighted Piers is joining the BBC Wales team, and I'm confident he can build on Julie's huge successes. Julie has helped transform drama production - not only at BBC Wales but across the BBC.

Julie Gardner commented, "I know that when I hand over my sonic screwdriver to Piers for season five of Doctor Who, it'll be to someone who loves and understands the show. Doctor Who is the most precious TV drama in the galaxy and I'm leaving it in safe and brilliant hands. I've been on the trip of a lifetime in the last five years with the finest writers, actors and crew, and I've got another 18 months of time travel to enjoy. Just wait until you see what's coming up on Christmas day and series four!"

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