UPDATED: Doctor Who: no full series in 2012
It looks like those rumours were true: Doctor Who will not be back for a full series in 2012. Now with added Steven Moffat comment...
Last week, Private Eye magazine printed a story that suggested all wasn't well behind the scenes of Doctor Who. We've little desire to traipse over the details here, as they've pretty much been roundly denied by all concerned, or given very short shrift.
However, there was one element of the story that looks like it's got more truth to it than at first appeared. Namely, that Doctor Who would not be returning for a full series in 2012. This was quickly denied by the BBC, who insisted that fourteen episodes of series 7 were on the cards, with Matt Smith on board. Those fourteen episodes would, presumably, have included the Christmas special.
However, it now looks like that won't be the case after all.
The controller of BBC One, Danny Cohen, has now confirmed that there will not be a full series of Doctor Who going out in 2012 after all, although the exact ramifications of his words aren't yet clear. He was talking at an event, and the BBC has since confirmed that what he said was correct. He did joke that this was because of Steven Moffat's commitments to Sherlock, but that wasn't a comment meant to be taken seriously.
So, where does this leave Doctor Who in 2012? Russell T Davies, of course, gave us four specials to keep us busy in 2009, but there's no indication that's what's happening here. What might be happening is that a full series will be produced, but the episodes will be split across 2012 and 2013. That's us speculating, however.
If Who is to have a lighter year, then we guess it makes sense that it takes place next year, rather than in 2013, when the show will be celebrating its 50th anniversary (and will, no doubt, have something special planned). But it's still a shame.
We do understand that it's very, very hard to make a programme such as Doctor Who, and to keep it fresh will mean reducing the frequency of it from time to time. Yet, we still can't help but be a little disappointed.
We await further details from the BBC.
UPDATE: Steven Moffat has just posted about this on Twitter. He wrote: "Dr Who: misquotes and misunderstandings. But I'm not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we're ready. Hush, and patience."
In Mr Moffat we trust. And we look forward to hearing more in due course!