More Series 6 “Split” Details

As you will no doubt have heard by now, Series 6/Season 32 of Doctor Who has been split by the BBC and Steven Moffat – resulting in a series at Easter and a follow on in the Autumn.

The announcement was made at the Edinburgh International Television Festival this morning as Steven Moffat and Karen Gillan took part in a Q&A called “Doctor Who: The Masterclass”.

Initially, this has been reported as a split – however, this is not the case, according to Steven Moffat.

“I kept referring to a mid-season finale. So we are going to make it two series – seven episodes at Easter building to an earth-shattering climax, a cliffhanger we could never normally do because it would be too long before it came back. An enormous game-changing cliffhanger that will change everything.

“The wrong expression would be to say we are splitting it in two. We are making it two separate series.”

So there you have it – 2011 will not feature Series 6/Season 32 of Doctor Who. It will, instead, feature Series 6/Season 32 and Series 7/Season 33!

Conspiracy theories about why the BBC are doing this are of course, nothing more than theories. If they wanted to get rid of Doctor Who, the BBC would cancel it. By bringing the show home to its traditional Autumn/Winter setting in late 2011, this is a further demonstration of their long-term committment to the show.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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