Okay, so you’ve all read the news that we relayed from Private Eye earlier. Well it seems that despite the initial reluctance to comment, the BBC have taken steps to announce that Doctor Who will indeed return for Series 7 in 2012!!
The news of the seventh new series of Doctor Who since 2005 – Season 33 in the grand scheme of things – was announced on Twitter of all places (confirming the rushed nature of announcement) by Sam Hodges, Head of Comms at the BBC:
#DoctorWho is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor #bbc1
14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun.#formaqueue
Now obviously we’re as delighted as anyone else, but clearly the BBC should never have left it so late that rumours and conjecture started flying around.
We suspect that the threat of a front page “Doctor Who Is Dead” on one of the tabloids tomorrow will have forced their hand, and we’re grateful that they at least managed to quash the rumours on the day they went “big time” – but seriously, better PR from the BBC in future, please!
(Many thanks to Gareth!)