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Published on June 7th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Panic Over: Series 7 Confirmed!

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

And from The Grand Moff

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!)



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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+.

11 Responses to Panic Over: Series 7 Confirmed!

  1. avatar Rick says:

    I still maintain that they’re in negotiations with Smith for series 8 as well—things were running long and they wanted to announce both. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of an announcement for series 8 coming soon.

    I seem to remember a similar delay at some point during the RTD/early Tennant era that resulted in a re-enforced show of dedication and a two year commitment then as well.

  2. avatar 23skidoo says:

    The problem with the BBC is they seem to still think they don’t have to make announcements. It’s ridiculous, for example, that they never announce airdates until a couple weeks beforehand. As a result we’re left guessing when DW is coming back in the UK, which makes the BBC seem silly especially since we’ll have a firm airdate for BBC America and Space announced, my guess, before the month is out.

    I do agree, though, that it’s pretty clear someone (Moffat most likely) read the writing on the wall and realized the show was about to get a flood of negative publicity if it wasn’t defused fast. Especially with regards to Matt Smith. (Karen and Arthur I didn’t expect to hear about because obviously their fate rests on what happens in the last 6 episodes of the season and to say anything would be a spoiler.)

    Now the question is whether we get a full-length season or they plan to split it again. A few sites and articles earlier this year suggested the split format was permanent, but there’s been no confirmation.

  3. avatar pickwick says:

    I can’t help noticing that neither of those tweets mention “2012″ or “next year”, though.

  4. avatar Rick says:

    I’m assuming that Amy, Rory and Melody are gone by end of the year for obvious reasons. I just hope that River joins on as the new companion asap.

    as for the series split. Moffat explain his reasoning before and I think it’s sound. the budget remains the same regardless of when the shows are transmitted so his assertion of keeping things exciting mid season is perfectly reasonable and I for one, like the idea that instead of waiting half a year for the Christmas special and new Who, I only ever have to wait a couple months. I like that and predict it will things will stay that way for a while.

  5. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    Does anyone know if filming has wrapped on all the final episodes of the current season? And if filming is due soon on the Xmas special?

    Anyway, excellent news that S7 is in the offing, with the best Dr since Tom Baker – at least, the best Dr of the nu Whos – staying on. And a confident showrunner who isn’t afraid to break the mould and has ramped up the excitement and the quality this year.

  6. avatar krumstets says:

    Hurrah. Confirmation at last. When I read that article in Private Eye I couldn’t believe it…and it seems they were wrong about it coming back….
    Thanks to Kasterborous for pursuing this story.

    • avatar krumstets says:

      The story was about the 2012 season of Dr Who. Indeed the rest of this season will be on later this year-that much we know as fact.
      It’s the uncertainty of the 2012 season and beyond that was a cause for concern.
      There are a few other points to this story that are quite interesting – see Private Eye – Page 11 for the whole thing.

  7. avatar Hyncharas says:

    I really don’t know what people are bitching about… right after A Good Man Goes to War had aired, there was a *reaction* video with the three leads where Matt said “I’ve just read Episode 13″!

    People need to pay more attention.

  8. avatar Rick says:

    They’ve been filming the episodes for both halves of the season for some time now. The Christmas episode usually shoots in July so I *think* we folks can stop worrying about the sky falling.

  9. avatar Somebody says:

    They didn’t confirm that Series 7 *would be in 2012*, note. The 2009 Specials were commissioned at the same time as 2010′s Series 5, yes?

    The Guardian (story title is “Doctor Who: 14 new episodes but scheduling remains unclear”) have a quote saying:

    “The new commission is a big commitment, not many other shows have such a commitment so far in advance. We do not know yet how many will air in 2012.

    Sounds almost like the current idea is for a series 7a to come a year after 6b (the autumn run), with 7b to follow in Spring 2013…

  10. avatar AspieMum says:

    We don’t expect to be told all the scripts but we would like to know those concerned make sure there is more Doctor Who coming (but please don’t spring any regenerations on us without warning at least for the benefit of those fans with Autistic Spectrum Disorders- we need time to adjust to the change). If all this was caused by Steven Moffat trying to keep his plans for the show quiet like he does the scripts someone needs to tell him that keeping whether the show is continuing or not quiet is going too far- we do need the how mnany shows and roughly when.

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