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Published on June 7th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

The Shape of Series 7?

So we’ve had rumours of turmoil at BBC Wales, the departure of Piers Wenger, the possible departures of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, the indication in Private Eye that Series 7 would be postponed and the subsequent announcement from the BBC that 14 new episodes of Doctor Who have been commissioned.

But just when will they be broadcast?

From what we understand, the 14 episodes are the 2011 Christmas special and a 13-part series, and will all star Matt Smith. We would hope that another two-part series in 2012 will air, but of course following this year’s run and the expected higher viewing figures that could occur as the series airs on darker evenings, there is every chance that Series 7 will instead sit astride Christmas 2012.

Now that is our personal wish and not speculation: the BBC haven’t revealed anything that confirms or denies either of these scenarios.

However we have long been advocates of moving Doctor Who to the winter months (in fact, back when The Empty Child was slightly ruined by sun creeping through the crepe curtains of the holiday cottage I was staying in!) and if this means that we get monsters on TV on dark, cold, drawn in nights then that sounds like good news to us!


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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+.

12 Responses to The Shape of Series 7?

  1. avatar Rick says:

    On one hand, watching Doctor who on long dark autumn nights is the very best. But having to wait from Christmas until September? No. I’d rather not wait 9 months. That’s the kind of torture we had to endure during that horrible year of specials, April until November. I really disliked that gap. I like the way it’s set up now and I hope that continues.

  2. avatar 23skidoo says:

    Especially with Sarah Jane Adventures gone as of this fall, it only makes sense for Doctor Who to move back to being a fall show. I’ve always looked at this year’s split as “testing the waters”. If the second half of the season is not affected by, say, “warm spring weather” which is often cited as a reason for the lower ratings (though the fact they darn near air the thing in the afternoon is another factor, IMO; at least give time for people to get home from work), and we see the show hitting 8-9 million each week, you can guarantee Season 7 will air in the fall of 2012. Plus, doing so will line up the Series 8 finale to potentially air around Nov. 23, 2013…

  3. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    Steven Moffatt and the BBC have said Dr Who will be back next year for 14 episodes. To quote him from Twitter:
    13 plus Xmas is what I mean. Keeping it brief, that’s all.
    I doubt they would make us wait 12 months for a new series.
    Its time to concentrate on that fact, sod the rumors!

    • Ian, I think you need to be the one concentrating on facts: the BBC have not mentioned 2012, neither has Moffat or the other chap.

  4. avatar Rick says:

    As long as they split it up like this year, I’d say the 50th anniversary finale on 11/23/12 is an excellent idea!

    or 23/11/12 for you Brits. :)

  5. avatar 23skidoo says:

    ^ The problem I have with the split is the first half really did seem to end really quickly. It sort of exacerbates the whole issue of the show sometimes feeling rushed, even though we’re getting the same number of episodes as usual (which translates to 26 half hours, or about the same length of on-screen time the series had during the Davison years.)

  6. avatar mykalel says:

    Rick – sorry to be a pedant, but the 50th anniversary is in 2013.

  7. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    So no Dr Who next year then? The Sun has an article today, says 50th anniversary next year….that paper is the Scum!
    And rick the 50th anniversary is 23/11/2013!

  8. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    From the Radio Times on twitter.

    Re new Doctor Who episodes that were announced yesterday RT @Sam_Hodges Definitely starting next year – full scheduling still TBC #doctorwho

    • Apols, Ian, missed that one. Although it does only say “next year” rather than 2012, which could indicate what we’ve suggested above.

      Worse than that, it could indicate a series that kicks off with a Christmas special.

      But again, we’re only able to speculate at present until further details are announced.

  9. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    I think the next issue of Doctor Who magazine will have full details.
    Lets all agree that Dr Who will be back next year.

  10. avatar STLShawn says:

    I for one like the split season, I too watch late at night on DVR (yeah, we’ll go with that).

    Anyway, it’s better at night, and i don’t feel like i have to interrupt the family summer fun time to see Dr Who.

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