Showruiner is the title of the Head Writer for Doctor Who. They have a habit of fucking the show up, but in an entirely different way from the previous showruiner.
The showruiners are the primary recurring antagonists in the Doctor Who universe. Throughout the show's 50-year history they have been dedicated to destroying the program once and for all.
Showruiners traditionally use the title Darth before their name (ie. Darth Davies, Darth Moffat) and usually get the job by assassinating their predecessor. The showruiners are the archenemies of the Doctor, the fans and the audience.
The Three Families have been battling for control of the show since the beginning. Sheev Moffat, leader of the Moffat clan, is the current Führer of the Doctor Who Empire.
Clearly, the way to save the show is to split the job back up. Script editor doesn't mean what it used to, so call it Lead Writer. Plenty of BBC shows have a Lead Writer. He can work out the story arc, write 5 or 6 episodes, work with the Executive Producer to pick other writers, and work with the Script editor to forge all of the stories into a cohesive whole, but he wouldn't have to do all the producing and scheduling and director wrangling and marketing and other stuff.
Imagine how much better The Moff's episodes would have been if he hadn't assigned himself 700 days of work to do in 150 days, or missed a whole year worth of episodes. Jamie Mathieson, who says he'd be a crap showrunner because he doesn't know how to do all that production stuff, would be even better. Or Paul Cornell, or Neil Gaiman, or most of the other people that fans pitch as the one true future showrunner.
Meanwhile, if RTD did all that production stuff, but only wrote an episode or two instead of writing half the season and rewriting all of the other episodes, he would have been great. Even Chibs could probably do that—hell, even Gary Russell.
Showruiners, hack writers and other meddling assholes
- The Muffler
- Chris Chibnall
- Mark Gatiss
- Gareth Roberts
- Jamie Mathieson
- Peter Harness
- Neil Gaiman
- Paul Cornell
- Robert Shearman
- Nicholas Briggs
- Stephen Thompson
- Toby Whithouse
- Tom MacRae
- Helen Raynor
- Catherine Tregenna
- Rachel Talalay
- Neil Cross
- Phil Ford
- Patrick Ness
- Simon Nye
- Matthew Graham
- Richard Curtis
- Gary Russell
- Alan Barnes
- Frank Cottrell Boyce
- Graeme Harper
- Julie Gardner
- Caroline Skinner
- Phil Collinson
- Euros Lyn
- Keith Boak
- Stephen Fry
Although they are many showruiners, according to anon this is all just the "wobbly set" era with no noticeable differences between them.
- Verity Lambert
- John Wiles & Donald Tosh (1965-1966): The Myth Makers - The Ark
- Innes Lloyd
- Peter Bryant
- Derrick Sherwin & Terrance Dicks: War Games - Spearhead from Space
- Barry Letts
- & Terrance Dicks (1970-1974): The Silurians - Planet of the Spiders
- & Robert Holmes: Robot
- Philip Hinchcliffe & Robert Holmes (1975-1977): The Ark in Space - The Talons of Weng-Chiang
- Graham Williams
- John Nathan-Turner
- Alex Beaton, Philip Segal & Jo Wright (1996): TV Movie
Totally one era.
- Sydney Newman
- Pip And Jane Baker
- Philip Martin
- Malcolm Hulke
- Terry Nation
- Bob Baker
- Dave Martin
- Kate Bush
- John Lucarotti
- Raymond Cusick
- Keff McCulloch
- William Emms
- Graeme Harper (both Nu and Classic)
- Alan Moore
- Ben Aaronovitch
- Marc Platt
- Rona Munro
- Ian Briggs
- David Fisher
- Christopher Bailey
- Ian Levine
- Michael Grade
- Kit Pedler
- Adolf Hitler
- Honorable Mention: Tom Motherfucking Baker. The following material isn’t just made-up /who/ bullshit but 100% authentic and verifiable Tom Baker bullshit: He wanted to have a talking cabbage for a companion and also wrote a movie script with Harry Sullivan where the Doctor meets the devil and plays pinball against him, with the The Doctor inside the pinball itself, WTF?!
Fortunately no one listened.Sadly the BBC will publish the fucking thing in 2019 [edit: >implying this wouldn't be GOAT]
What other shows have they ruined?
RUSSELL T DAVIES
- Dark Season (1991). 6 episodes.
- Century Falls (1993). 6 episodes.
- Revelations (1994-1996). 50 episodes. Co-showran with Brian B. Thompson and Tony Wood.
- The Grand (1997-1998). 18 episodes.
- Queer as Folk (1999-2000). 10 episodes.
- Bob & Rose (2001). 6 episodes.
- The Second Coming (2003). 2 episodes.
- Mine All Mine (2004). 6 episodes.
- Doctor Who (2005-2009). 52 episodes, 2 animated episodes, 8 specials, 15 minisodes.
- Casanova (2005). 3 episodes.
- Torchwood (2006-2011). 41 episodes, 1 animated episode, 1 minisode. First two series arguably co-showran with Chris Chibnall.
- The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-2011). 52 episodes (26 serials), 1 special, 1 minisode. Series 2-5 co-showran with head writer Phil Ford.
- Wizards vs Aliens (2012-2014). 36 episodes. Co-showran with Phil Ford.
- Cucumber | Banana | Tofu (2015). 24 episodes (each series produced 8 episodes).
- A Very English Scandal (2018). 3 episodes.
STEVEN WILLIAM MOFFAT
- Press Gang (1989-1993). 43 episodes.
- Joking Apart (1993-1995). 13 episodes (including the pilot).
- Chalk (1997). 12 episodes.
- Coupling (2000-2004). 28 episodes.
- Jekyll (2007). 6 episodes.
- Doctor Who (2010-2017). 75 episodes, 9 specials, 39 minisodes.
- Sherlock (2010-). Co-showran with Mark Gatiss. 12 episodes, 1 special, 1 minisode, 1 unaired pilot. In limbo.
CHRISTOPHER THEODORE CHIBNALL
- Born and Bred (2002-2005). 36 episodes.
- Law & Order: UK (2009-2010). Showran 13 episodes (the first two series).
- Camelot (2011). 10 episodes. Co-showran with Michael Hirst.
- Broadchurch (2013-2017). 24 episodes, 2 minisodes.
- Doctor Who (2018-). 10 episodes, 1 special. Ongoing.