Willis leaves the show to join Kudos Film and Television in September to produce and develop scripted programming, having previously worked for the company on Ashes to Ashes.
“The opportunity to return to Kudos, a company whose creativity is so inspirational was a temptation I couldn’t resist,” she said. “The plans taking shape for the next series of Doctor Who and for the 50th Anniversary are beyond exciting, and with Steven Moffat at the helm, this incredibly special time for the show is in very safe hands.”
The move follows the resignation of Doctor Who co-producer Piers Wenger, who also recently announced that he will be leaving the show to take up a new post as senior commissioning executive at Film4.
Steven Moffat, current lead-writer for the show, was bullish when asked about the move: “Well we couldn’t keep her forever, though God knows I tried. Beth Willis is off to be brave and brilliant in brand new ways, and the sad news for Doctor Who is that from now on it will be somewhere else.”
He added: “This show owes more to her fearlessness and honesty than I have time to explain… and [we all] wish her the very best at Kudos.”
The BBC’s controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson also paid his respects to the outgoing producer: “Beth leaves Doctor Who in rude health with the last series up on its average audience, keeping millions of fans gripped every week,â?.
The TARDIS-dwelling Time Lord lands back on our screens later in 2011.