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 â€œDoctor Who: The Masterclassâ€.
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 â€“ 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.