Faith Penhale became an executive producer of Doctor Who on 13 March 2013, following the resignation of Caroline Skinner. Like Julie Gardner and Piers Wenger before her, she became an executive producer by virtue of being Head of Drama of BBC Wales. At the time of her accession to the position, she was only confirmed as the executive producer of what the British Broadcasting Corporation vaguely referred to as "the 50th Anniversary". In the same press announcement, the BBC indicated they were looking for a new executive producer for series 8. It was unclear at that time whether Penhale would join another incoming executive producer, or whether she was only going to hold the title on an interim basis in 2013.
Before Doctor Who Edit
Like the majority of Steven Moffat's fellow executive producers, she had worked for the Kudos production company prior to her involvement with Doctor Who. She had, for instance, worked on Outcasts, production designed by Ed Thomas; and The Fixer, with Tamzin Outhwaite and Liz White. She therefore shares with Matt Smith a professional connection to writer Ben Richards, who not only created these two shows, but also Smith's early television gig, Party Animals.
Penhale's career earlier in the 2000s had largely been that of a script editor, in which capacity she worked on Doctors and EastEnders. Her script-editing on the Trust, with Sarah Parish, may have been seen by more Americans, since BBC America ran it in 2004.
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