Phil Collinson, Producer of Doctor Who, suggested in a chistmas special podcast that he would be leaving Doctor Who after finishing Series 4. This has now been confirmed as he is moving to BBC Manchester to be Head Of Drama for the region. In Phil's new job he will be responsible for developing links with regional talent, on sceen and off screen, aswell as contributing to shows to the overall BBC drama scedule. Here is what the Official Doctor Who Site had to say:
"Phil has been the secret hero of Doctor Who for the past four years, and we'll miss him more than I can say," noted Russell T Davies, executive producer and lead writer of Doctor Who. "But the most exciting thing about this new job is that so many more producers, writers and actors will get to work with him. I envy them."
"The four years I've spent producing Doctor Who in Cardiff have been incredibly rewarding," said Phil. "The chance to return home to Manchester though and start something completely new, is irresistible. Manchester has always been an amazing centre for excellence in drama production and the chance to establish a formal BBC drama base there, and build on the massive range of local talent, is incredibly exciting. I'm thrilled and honoured to be charged with this task."
Peter Salmon, chief creative officer for the BBC's Vision Productions noted: "Phil Collinson is a terrific addition to a brilliant top team working on in-house drama throughout the UK. BBC drama production will play a substantial role at the new BBC centre at Mediacity:uk through Phil and his team."
I'd like to just take the time to wish the best of luck for Phil in his new job and thank him for all his great work on Doctor Who.