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June 14th, 2011 151 comments

No full Doctor Who Series for 2012 – update

No full 2012 Doctor Who series

From Steven Moffat via twitter…

Dr Who: misquotes and misunderstandings. But I’m not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we’re ready. Hush, and patience.

lizo_mzimba said via his twitter feed that “There will not be a full series of Dr Who in 2012! BBC confirms that BBC One Controller said this earlier today”

The news was originally revealed by Wayne Clarke who was at a conference where Danny Cohen was speaking.

This may mean that although 14 new episodes are to be made, they may be spread over 2 years. This may be nothing more than a build up to 2013, the shows 50th anniversary.

He also said: “Worth repeating, BBC says Danny Cohen’s comment that Steven Moffat needed time for Sherlock hence shorter DW run wasn’t meant to be serious.”

later adding “Bit of confusion, to summarise: no FULL 13 episode series of Dr Who in 2012. So some episodes will still go out in 2012. Remainder in 2013.”


  • booboo

    June 15th, 2011 - 11:08am

    There is total confusion on what’s being reported and what was actually said the beeb need to put out a press release on this asap

  • Mels

    June 15th, 2011 - 10:52am

    If it is a budgeting problem it really shouldn’t be happening… Doctor Who would be making a fortune in DVD/Blu-ray sales, toys and merchandising royalties all over the world, more than enough to fund itself and then some…

    I guess we’ll find out soon what’s going on.

  • Thetasigma

    June 15th, 2011 - 10:38am

    You’ve absolutely hit the nail on the head here ! This confusion being put out by the bbc is mad and only serves to upset the fans ! Come on BBC Get your act together and make a proper formal announcement about the future of the show !

  • Anonymous

    June 15th, 2011 - 9:24am

    They should cut programs like Casualty, Luthor, Eastenders and other rubish programs so thay can put the millions they spend on these programs and put into Dr Who to keep it going


    June 15th, 2011 - 9:17am

    I would rather have some Who in a year than have to wait until 2013 for a whole series.

  • Mels

    June 15th, 2011 - 8:29am

    This is odd, and unfortunate. I love Sherlock and Doctor Who so I’m torn on having less Doctor Who if it means more Sherlock…

    My impression is that Mofatt will churn them out as much as he can before he implodes… we may end up with the series delayed a bit and part of the series running over December/January, thus why we may not get ‘full series in 2012’.

    Oh well, good things come to those who wait. And… I think we should wait for clarification on this before getting upset about it! This Twitter feed is vague at best.

  • Thetasigma

    June 15th, 2011 - 8:20am

    Yet again the BBC are sidelining the fans of this amazing show and treating them with awesome disrespect and contempt. This “Announcement” (if thats what it can be called ?) is not only unclear, if its true it makes no sense what so ever ! This seems like a case of cutting of their noses to spite their faces. The future of the show needs to me made 100% clear by the BBC and soon. Come one BBC Get your act together ! Dont treat the fans like idiots or you run the risk of losing them and subsequently Dr Who alltogether !

  • Ian

    June 15th, 2011 - 7:54am

    I can see some with creative issues on RTD and or Moffatt are already trying to have a go that this is the reason but trust me, it wont be. This will be a money driven decision so someone up there in the accounts dept can offset the budget to produce it over more financial quarters. At the end of the day , unfortunately, creatives make the shows but the accountants and managers make these sort of decisions. There is already talk on having to save money by maybe cancelling BBC 3 or BBC 4 or reducing BBC2s hours and they are selling off BBC Centre. Dr Who is in that money saving mix too. The best we can hope is that maybe money is being saved in the 2011-2012 budget to increase the options to spend more on the 2013 anniversary shows.

  • Lewis

    June 15th, 2011 - 7:48am

    If they haven’t got enough money to make another series of Doctor Who, why don’t they get rid of some of the rubbish shows that no one really cares about like So you think you can dance or Strictly come dancing, no one watches them and there viewers havent been as high as doctor who.
    Its obvious BBC dont have any common sense.

  • DoctorLou

    June 15th, 2011 - 7:32am

    WHY! I hated the split, and now there not even having many eps in 2012! Its stupid! THEY BETTER NOT HAVE 4 SPEICALS LIKE 2 YEARS AGO!

  • Peter

    June 15th, 2011 - 7:27am

    I think the BBC needs to clarify what is happening here

  • Cyberdevil

    June 15th, 2011 - 7:13am


  • Ian

    June 15th, 2011 - 7:11am

    I dont think it will be driven by Moffatt, it will be driven by cost. Sadly the BBC has to make massive cuts in its Budget due to being forced to accept this by the Tory led government (a major donator to the Tories is Rupert Murdoch who has an anti BBC stance). With the cuts in budget and the show being very expensive for the BBC to make, they will be trying to stagger the cost of production over a longer period. Its a real shame that its being looked at this way as it brings in a larger revenue to the BBC too so I would have thought they could model future profit against initial costs. The other way is to get into a deal with another TV org, like has been done for Torchwood but this risks fundementally changing the show. It may be a creative decision but I really think its a financial one. What we need to press is the BBC to invest a sum into 2013 that will give it the anniversary it deserves.

  • The Doctor

    June 15th, 2011 - 6:36am

    Exactly how I feel! I’m not happy about this

  • Fox Mulder

    June 15th, 2011 - 12:45am

    They should do a large EPIC MOVIE for 2013 with matt smith or a new doctor what do u think

  • Fox Mulder

    June 15th, 2011 - 12:40am

    One word folks and you ain’t going to like it BUDGET

  • James

    June 14th, 2011 - 11:40pm

    Common people, quit jerking around the fans or they are going to lose interest…

    First you skipped 2009 for a handful of specials all the while going into it saying “we are doing this so we can KEEP Tennant” THEN you pull a syfy and split the season over spring and fall rather than give it to us on schedule…

    NOW you’re saying, oh, well we just don’t have TIME, so we’ll put half in 2012 and half in 2013…

    Well guess what, I won’t be watching any of the other shows you’re working on… and I’m only watching DR, cause I have a love for it from the old series…

    What is it about BBC and killing perfectly good shows in their prime (Torchwood, Dr etc)

  • Mark

    June 14th, 2011 - 11:20pm

    Maybe a spinoff with new writers, would be an alternative. This gives the young blood a chance too. Eventually these writers can write new exciting episodes for DW. 🙂

  • Jazpyy

    June 14th, 2011 - 11:09pm

    Its bad enough that they split series 6 in half, but now its gonna be a few episodes, then a years wait for a few more? How is this better for fans Mr Moffat?

  • michael

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:54pm

    i agree with the first comment, if Moffat can’t do both he should not risk the other… hand it back to RTD! this is ridiulous! its like doing a mini series over and over again! doctor who used to have loads of episodes packed into a single series… and from 2005 the 13 episode + chrismas special plan was working fine… if he keeps going the way he is, it will loose its place and eventually get taken off our screens again 🙁

  • Emma

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:47pm

    This sucks big time! i hated the long wait for all the specials when DT left but no full series in 1 year? 2012 & 2013 for series 7? now thats stupid!

  • Jeremy

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:43pm

    They have a good thing here. I hope they dont screw it up splitting it up and keeping people waiting. it can really hurt the series more than they realize.

  • Geneva Man

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:37pm

    Considering the quality of this current series it doesn,t surprise me in the least.

    I was never a great lover of RTD and expected great things of Moffatt but it is now obvious that RTD was reining in his more bizarre ideas, now he has control we have all seen the result of it.

    2010 series, average
    2011 series, drivel

  • \James:

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:35pm

    I totally agree with you

  • simon w

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:27pm

    I ment to put down Shorlock and Dr Who

  • simon w

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:25pm

    if they keep doing this then Dr Who will be removed from our tv’s again like in the 80’s. If he’s finding it hard to do both Sherlock then they should ask Russell T Davies back as head writer.

  • booboo

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:15pm

    seems not all in the same year Beeb need to clarify things really

  • Who

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:13pm

    2 years!That is a long time for one season! Or is it 1 season brken in half again>

  • Mr Pond

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:13pm

    wonder what this means, dont understand what they are doing with it

  • Harry

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:11pm

    This is disappointing, looks like its not even split over a year

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