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August 29th, 2010 131 comments

Next series of Doctor Who to be split

Next series of Doctor Who to be split transmission

From the BBC Press office…

The BBC and Steven Moffat have announced today that the transmission of the next series of Doctor Who, in 2011, will be split into two blocks, transmitting in spring and autumn.

The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.

Steven Moffat said: “The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!”


  • booboo

    August 29th, 2010 - 5:02pm

    Most Dramas only get 6-8 episodes, i doubt it would even be possible to film any more than 13 episodes in a year, it would simply be to much for the lead cast.

  • de379

    August 29th, 2010 - 4:57pm

    i agree with niss probably 20 or 30 episodes would do

  • niss

    August 29th, 2010 - 4:00pm

    doctor who is ace but it needs more episodes so i agree with rich evens it doesent have enough theres only 13 and then you have to wait ages just to watch one episode and thats just one at chrismas and then you have wait ages just to watch another season wich is short

  • davros dude

    August 29th, 2010 - 3:52pm

    stephen moffat is a genuis i hope the weeping angels and river song come back

  • Doctor Who Fan 1

    August 29th, 2010 - 3:46pm

    steven moffat is the best Doctor who writter ever

  • 1

    August 29th, 2010 - 3:46pm

    i suppose there is three story lines to answer the cracks and the silence and the tardis collision

  • Doctor Who Fan 1

    August 29th, 2010 - 3:46pm

    who cares if 6 episodes will be out in the spring and the others in the autumn that all that matters that there are 13 episodes and when autumn series ends the less longer we’ll have to wait til christmas

  • Simon

    August 29th, 2010 - 3:43pm

    Well done Mr Moff! Great idea, why didn’t RTD think of this sooner? Oh yeah, cos it was just a job to him. Thankfully the show means more to Steven…

  • drmjmorgan

    August 29th, 2010 - 3:29pm

    WHAT THE HELL !!!!!!!!

  • Kelvin

    August 29th, 2010 - 3:15pm

    I think this idea is ridiculous i hate waiting as it is and futher more i would like it to be aired like eastenders but i assume they would not have the funds and time but still it would be great also a spin off with the 10th Doctor in the parallel world with rose.

  • Joe

    August 29th, 2010 - 2:42pm

    This is a ridiculous idea. Moffat has ruined the show with all his selfish ideas and his predictable story lines. ITS POINTLESS. Please, BBC, sack Mr Moffat, and get another writer. This idea will lose fans, and make the ratings drop… Bad move, Steven.

  • Dalek ironside

    August 29th, 2010 - 2:37pm

    It might work, we will have to wait and see, its going to be long wait so i hope people don’t loose interest

  • doctor who

    August 29th, 2010 - 2:27pm

    i dont like the idea,becouse it means that doctor who which has already received ppor ratings this year,will be up against x factor and tv burp,plus i hope that the cliffhanger isnt smillar to the stolen earth,becouse a matt cant leave that early and b i would prefer an open ended one where its all nice and then the tardis crashes down suddenly, at least it leaves speculation,plus i hope there is a multi doctor story sometime soon..

  • Anonymous

    August 29th, 2010 - 2:17pm

    Completley awfull idea!

  • jammaza

    August 29th, 2010 - 2:03pm

    I don’t like the idea of a split mid series as all the tension and drama that had built up to that point will be forgotten by the end of the Summer! Bad move Moff…

  • de379

    August 29th, 2010 - 2:01pm

    steven moffat is building doctor who down more and more
    thats were he is changeing it too much and too fast

  • colinjohn

    August 29th, 2010 - 1:45pm

    nice idea but it could mean that the series will then be moved to the autumn the following year, which is where I think Doctor Who should be shown

  • Thetasigma

    August 29th, 2010 - 1:39pm

    I have to say I’m in 2 minds about this move. It HAS to be the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers to hold the audience interest and bring them back for the 2nd 1/2 of the season. I’m just not sure that is acheiveable ?

    That said, this does at least bring 1/2 the season back to where Dr Who SHOULD be…those DARK AUTUMN Saturday nights ! This is something Dr Who has been missing since its return !

  • The Autons

    August 29th, 2010 - 1:30pm

    I think this is a rubbish idea. Doctor Who fans will have nothing to look forward to. If it only goes up to episode 7 people will loose the plot and also loose interest. I think Steven Moffat has made a silly mistake and will loose a lot of Doctor Who Fans.

  • Mister woo

    August 29th, 2010 - 1:25pm

    hMmhmhmm interesing idea but I like it the way it is ,wondering if it will mean more episodes per year.

  • AdamsTARDIS

    August 29th, 2010 - 1:25pm

    Interested to see how this will work, not to sure about it though…

  • SL

    August 29th, 2010 - 1:14pm

    It bettter live upto expectations.. I am a little concerned at this idea tbh


    August 29th, 2010 - 12:58pm

    I Am A Bit Weary About This Idea.

  • JJ

    August 29th, 2010 - 12:55pm

    I’m very,very upset. But it sounds good, but it’s also ruined it abit

  • Anonymous

    August 29th, 2010 - 12:55pm

    We need more WHO

  • Alex

    August 29th, 2010 - 12:40pm

    Hm, I am not so sure on the idea :/

  • Simon

    August 29th, 2010 - 12:21pm

    I actually like the idea of this, although if its a really brilliant cliff hanger the wait could be unbearable.

  • kyra

    August 29th, 2010 - 12:11pm

    i agreee with rich evans 🙂

  • Rich Evans

    August 29th, 2010 - 12:03pm

    Good idea would be even better if they gave us more episodes as well!

  • who crazy!

    August 29th, 2010 - 11:56am

    Well this is what doctor who deserves

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