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!