Steven Moffat’s Q&A at the Edinburgh International Television Festival has been full of surprises – not least confirmation of the rumour that Doctor Who will be broadcast in two runs during 2011!
While he wasn’t describing Matt Smith’s chin as “truly terrifying”, or declaring the impending end of the regeneration limit:
“I think you might find that contradicted some time soon. It was mention in an episode but look, do you know what? If the day came that we had to have a 14th Doctor, we’d envoke the emergency protocol. We’d make something up,”
…The Grand Moff was busy comfirming what we have already speculated on this morning.
“The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!”
The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.
So – to clarify: Doctor Who returns in the Spring, breaks for the Summer, and returns in the Autumn in 2011!