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Fewer Episodes in 2012 Explained?

Has Brian Terranova cracked the reason for the 2012 episode reduction? Kasterborous’ own Associate Editor has been doing a bit of thinking about the current state of play concerning Doctor Who Series 7 and its likely scheduling, and has hit upon an interesting possibility.

Let’s list the episodes from 2005 to Christmas 2011:

13 Episodes – Series 1
1 Episode Christmas 2005
13 Episodes – Series 2
1 Episode Christmas 2006
13 Episodes – Series 3
1 Episode Christmas 2007
13 Episodes – Series 4
5 Episodes Christmas & Specials  2008-2010
13 Episodes – Series 5
1 Episode Christmas 2010
7 Episodes – Series 6: Part 1
6 Episodes – Series 6 Part 2
1 Episode Christmas 2011

Total: 88 episodes  as of 2011.
So, what’s left that we know of?

1 Episode Christmas 2012
13 Episodes Series 7

(These are the 14 episodes that have been commissioned.)

Now for Series 1 through 6 that’s 88 as you can see; add in 12 of the 14 commissioned episodes for Series 7/Christmas and you will have reached episode 100. Schedule it right, oh say November 23rd (which is a Saturday in 2013), and the 12th episode would be the Fiftieth Anniversary Special – either as a solo 100th episode or a part 1 of a three part anniversary story.

Either way you have episode 12 being a 100th episode big event episode on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary!

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