Rumors fly as Doctor Who loses a THIRD executive producer

It was announced today that Doctor Who executive producer Caroline Skinner has left the show effective immediately.

For four full seasons and a year of specials, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner were thick as thieves, creating some of the best-rated science fiction in British television history. Whether or not every episode was a winner, there can be no denying that the two consistently worked as a team. Heck, there was even a ballad sung about them starring John Barrowman, David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

Meanwhile, Steven Moffat's gone through three producers in as many years. Beth Willis and Peirs Wenger left almost simultaneously during the tumultuous, split-down-the-middle season six.

Now Skinner is leaving amid rumors of a public argument with Moffat at a BBC showcase last month. Add to that the fact that season seven has also been split into two parts and that we're now in Doctor Who's 50th year, and it's hard not to see cause for speculation.

For her part, Skinner has made a formal statement that doesn't outwardly represent any ill will between herself and Moffat.

I will miss them all enormously, but I’m leaving Doctor Who in fine form, with the new series starting at Easter and the fantastic plans for the 50th Anniversary already underway. I am delighted to be now returning to BBC Drama Production in London as an executive producer, and the new opportunities and projects that will bring.

So we have nice, public statements (there were similar ones issued when Willis and Wenger departed), but also rumors of in-fighting.

What do you think? Is something up, or is this just show business and Russell and Julie's partnership was the exception and not the rule?

(via Bleeding Cool)