Steven Moffat has announced that Oprah Winfrey will be given "a rest" from US prime time television.
Moffat, who is head writer and executive producer for the long-running British sci-fi series, made the decision after putting the show's own Daleks on ice.
"One he'd done that," said a source close to the writer, "he naturally turned his attention to Oprah Winfrey. She's been a fixture of US TV for twenty-five years now and he thought it was time for a change."
Moffat confirmed the rumour in an interview with Doctor Who Adventures, to be published next Thursday.
"She isn't going to make an appearance for a while," he said simply. "We thought it was about time to give her a rest."
In a rare double shock, he later announced his intention to "rest" footballer Paul Scholes for the same reason.
"There's a problem with Paul Scholes," he said on Twitter. "He's the most famous of Manchester United's midfielders and the most frequent. It's time for something new."
But team mates have warned that Paul Scholes' replacement is too scary. Even worse for Alex Ferguson, Pundits predict that youth team graduate Colin Edgehill, who is a Weeping Angel, will fail to shine or even move when he makes his debut in front of 70,000 football fans at Trafford Park.
"He doesn't deal very well with being in the spotlight," admitted one of the players. "He just sort of freezes. But if we could get the whole crowd to blink at the same time, and the players too, we'd be sorted."
Moffat - rumoured to be drafting a shortlist of up to a dozen other overused celebs - was unrepentant.
"Paul Scholes had appeared about a hundred times," he noted. "We won't be seeing him or Oprah any time soon."