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WHAT? What?!

Following our reveal of rumours regarding Series 5 of Doctor Who and David Tennant’s casting in Hamlet at the RSC, the BBC have confirmed that the series will be rested in 2009.

From the BBC:

David Tennant’s appearance in the fifth series of Doctor Who looks uncertain after it was revealed there will be no new series in 2009.

The fourth series, starring Tennant, is due to hit TV screens next year, but the fifth will not be seen until 2010.

Instead, Tennant, will star in three Doctor Who specials, written by Russell T Davies, on BBC One in 2009.

A spokeswoman for Doctor Who said she was unable to comment whether Tennant would return for the 2010 series.

No, I’m not happy either. However, there’s little chance of this being a cancellation, so fear not. My own feelings are ones of wasted opportunities, pointless reorganizing and the BBC dancing to the tune of Russell T Davies. This is a popular television series, not a course you can take a “gap year” from, and if the three specials are of the same quality as the 2006 Christmas effort The Runaway Bride, then frankly they might as well not bother.

But what really pisses me off is the BBC’s New Labour-esque spin.

BBC Fiction controller Jane Tranter said: “Doctor Who is one of the BBC’s best loved and most successful dramas.

“Its journey over the past three series has been one of the most ambitious and exciting that we have had, and I’m delighted to be able to confirm not only three exciting specials for 2009, but a fifth series in 2010. ”

Menna Richards, controller of BBC Wales, said: “This announcement is marvellous news for all involved, and more importantly for the programme’s amazing fan base and audience.”

No, Menna, it isn’t marvelous news at all. It sucks, you suck. Don’t patronize us, don’t talk down to us – that’s almost as insulting as the gap year.

News of a fifth series is wonderful, yes and I’m dead chuffed. But I don’t consider turning the show into an Only Fools and Horses style ratings winning Christmas/Easter/August Bank Holiday special anything to shout about.

At all.

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