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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.”


151 comments

  • CYBERLEADER

    June 15th, 2011 - 4:41pm

    EVERYONE SERIES 6 WILL BE COMING BACK AT AUTUM!!!!!!!!!!:lol:

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    • DoctorWho2011

      June 16th, 2011 - 7:47am

      yeah I think everyone know that now

  • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

    June 15th, 2011 - 4:01pm

    DOCTOR WHO HAS BEEN LOSING VIEWERS, COS THERE WAS A ARTICLE IN THE NEWSPAPER SAYING THAT DOCTOR WHO IS TO SCARY AND COMPLICATED FOR YOUNGER KIDS, SO THAT MIGHT BE WHY…

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    • king gerbil

      June 15th, 2011 - 7:32pm

      Was that paper the terrible daily mail? If it was dont listen to them-they keep making up lies.
      It hasn’t lost any viewers at all-thats a fact.
      If it was because of doctor who being bad then they would get a different writer/doctor.

    • DoctorWho2011

      June 16th, 2011 - 7:51am

      o god i heard this on youtube and in fact doctor who ins’t scary its fun to watch & its enjoyble so don’t know why mums r making up storys of doctor who

    • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

      June 16th, 2011 - 4:36pm

      10.8 million people watched the 11th hour, but only 5.5 million watched a good man goes to war, so the figures have dropped. yes that was the daily mail!

    • booboo

      June 16th, 2011 - 4:40pm

      5.5 is an overnight figure, the final figure was 7.51m excluding iplayer the ratings are fine

  • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

    June 15th, 2011 - 3:58pm

    OR MAYBE THE 11TH DOCTOR REGENERATES ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY, THAT COULD HAPPEN! HE COULD JUMP FOWARD IN TIME??…

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  • WOWHO

    June 15th, 2011 - 3:52pm

    WHY WHY WHY can’t the BBC show 13 episodes of Doctor on 13 consecutive Saturday nights?!?!!?
    And where is the official press release? The news is out there!

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  • TARDIS

    June 15th, 2011 - 3:42pm

    for goodness sake first we only get four specials then season six is split now seasons might be being split over two years.

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    • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

      June 15th, 2011 - 3:54pm

      I DON’T LIKE THE WAY THE WAY THE SPLIT SERIES 6, NOW THEY ARE GOING TO SPLIT A SERIES OVER 2 YEARS!! THAT IS ABSELOUTE RUBBISH! HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED THE YEAR BEFORE?? AS WELL AS THIS YEAR!!

    • TARDIS

      June 15th, 2011 - 6:28pm

      no i meant one break in 2012 leading to 2013 and i think it a rubbish idea

    • king gerbil

      June 15th, 2011 - 7:24pm

      Dear RORYDOCTORRIVERPOND to me it seems like you don’t like the show so maybe you should stop complaining and realise that its awesome!

  • Harry

    June 15th, 2011 - 12:44pm

    I wonder if they are building up to some really major stuff in 2013 for the 50th anniversary

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    • Mels

      June 15th, 2011 - 1:53pm

      It would be interesting if they did some 90 minute episodes, like what they’re doing with Sherlock.

      …Not that I’m sure Doctor Who actually suits that format, but I think the BBC/Mofatt will pounce something new on us at any rate… After watching the whovians out there implode from guessing first of course…

    • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

      June 15th, 2011 - 3:55pm

      I THINK THE TIME LENGTH OF DOCTOR WHO AT THE MOMENT IS PERFECT FOR THE SHOW, A 90 MINUTE EP WOULD BE QUITE BORING WOULDN’T YOU SAY?

  • Ian

    June 15th, 2011 - 12:36pm

    Comment on Twitter from Steven Moffatt – Dr Who: misquotes and misunderstandings. But I’m not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we’re ready. Hush, and patience.

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    • booboo

      June 15th, 2011 - 12:46pm

      yes, to much misinformation going about now, hopefully this all about a big 2013 plan as others have said

  • I Love Cybermen

    June 15th, 2011 - 11:43am

    This better not be true! I’m going to explode with rage! When everything else is rubbish on tv, why pick on good old Dr Who?!!!

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    • Daleks on Ice

      June 15th, 2011 - 12:04pm

      Because an hour of Dr Who costs significantly more than an hour of anything else on the BBC so sadly is likely at the top of the list for savings.

    • king gerbil

      June 15th, 2011 - 7:25pm

      Well yes, but does anything else have such a high product profit?

  • 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

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    • 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.

    • 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

    • YT

      June 15th, 2011 - 11:11am

      I have seen one big site say there will be a full series in 2013 but i dont think anyone actually said that. Confused

    • Ian

      June 15th, 2011 - 11:32am

      The thing on the merchandising is that it would tick over as well with 6eps next year as it would with 13 so as long as the show has explosure to the public to keep the brand awareness up they wont look at it as a potential loss. The money that comes in doesnt go to a specific Dr Who money pot, it goes to fund the entire BBC so from a commissioning point of view they would look at cost of sets, actors, scripts, fx, technical aspects (music, location costs etc) and that wouldnt be valued against Dr Who related income. The main thing here is its not cancelled and remains a big BBC flagship brand so we are at least guaranteed that there will be some Dr Who in the next year, albeit not as much as we would like.

    • KORSAIR

      June 15th, 2011 - 12:45pm

      Echoes of 1989 I’m thinking here.(God I hope not!!!!)

    • MORLU

      June 16th, 2011 - 9:13am

      Luther is an excellent series

  • MORLU

    June 15th, 2011 - 9:17am

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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 !

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Peter

    June 15th, 2011 - 7:27am

    I think the BBC needs to clarify what is happening here

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    • 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 !

  • Cyberdevil

    June 15th, 2011 - 7:13am

    BBC WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS! MOFFAT SHOULD EITHER DO ONE OR THE OTHER!!! OR TAKE MORE OF A BACKSEAT ROLE. DOCTOR WHO IS THE MIAN REASON I WATCH BBC 1. BE PREPARED FOR AN OUTRAGE

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  • 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

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    • king gerbil

      June 15th, 2011 - 7:28pm

      Totally-Johnny Depp or Jim Carey as the doctor

    • the supreme

      June 20th, 2011 - 5:27pm

      they should do the 11th dr regenerating in that episode

  • Fox Mulder

    June 15th, 2011 - 12:40am

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

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  • 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)

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  • 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. 🙂

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  • 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?

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  • 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 🙁

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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    • simon w

      June 14th, 2011 - 10:27pm

      I ment to put down Shorlock and Dr Who

    • \James:

      June 14th, 2011 - 10:35pm

      I totally agree with you

    • The Doctor

      June 15th, 2011 - 6:36am

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

    • 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.

  • 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>

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    • booboo

      June 14th, 2011 - 10:15pm

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

  • Mr Pond

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:13pm

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

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  • Harry

    June 14th, 2011 - 10:11pm

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

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