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!

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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