As part of the ongoing Doctor Who Series 7 scheduling fiasco, it would appear that even the Grand Moff himself has no idea when we’re actually going to see the already-commissioned episodes that follow this autumn’s season finale. After word got out in Private Eye and The Guardian that the next run may be split between 2012 and 2013, showrunner Steven Moffat had this to say to SFX:
“I don’t know [when new episodes will air]. If I did know, I wouldn’t tell you. When I do know, what I know will change, so I won’t really know then either. Then it will change again, so I still won’t really know. And if, secretly, I’d really known all along, I’d still be telling you I don’t know, because everything I said I knew, could be wrong, so I’d never really have known in the first place.”
I think he might know something…
But frankly, we don’t. To sum up what we’ve gathered out of this whole drama-scheduling drama, Private Eye initially put into question whether we’d get a 2012 series of Doctor Who at all, which caused the BBC to attempt to muffle the media by sending a message through the town criers that the next fourteen episodes had indeed been ordered, but they conveniently forgot to specify when they’d been commissioned for. And it seems that, for whatever reason that may involve budget setbacks, office politics, and/or something else entirely, Auntie Beeb herself doesn’t actually have so much as a rough estimate of what time of year Season 33 will appear on our screens; she’s just saying, “Yeh. I’ll get around to it eventually.”
To put things into perspective, roughly this time last year we had already been hearing about filming plans for A Christmas Carol, with Moffat hard at work on the script. What have we heard about so far this year? Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill all seeking out work elsewhere.