Doctor Who and Sherlock: Steven Moffat confirms length of next runs

News Rob Leane
9 Feb 2016 - 09:00

Steven Moffat has confirmed that Doctor Who series 10 and Sherlock series 4 will have 13 and 3 episodes respectively…

Here’s a tiny update about Steven Moffat’s upcoming slate of work. Speaking after receiving his OBE the other day, The Moff said this about his Doctor Who future and the length of Sherlock series 4:

“Ahead of me this year I have 14 Doctor Whos and 3 Sherlock films, so the last thing I’m doing is contemplating work beyond that. But the day’s coming when I’ll have to.”

So, this confirms that – after the 2016 Christmas special – Doctor Who series 10 will consist of the standard-issue 13 episodes. Additionally, Sherlock will return to its three-episode structure, having dabbled in one-off specials with The Abominable Bride over the holidays.

There’s no massive surprise here, then. The question of what Mr Moffat will do after 2017 remains unanswered. Could there be a transition in to movie-writing on the cards, or does he have another TV project up his sleeve? It’ll be a while until we find out.

Additionally, a few online folk are taking Moffat’s statement as confirmation that he’ll oversee the entirety of Doctor Who series 10, rather than handing the final episode over to Chris Chibnall as a transition-aiding favour. However, I’d say that they might be reading a little too much into two sentences.

More on Sherlock and Who as we hear it.

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