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Published on June 9th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

What Will 2012 Bring?

Closing the gates after the horse has bolted seems to be the Beeb’s lot in life at the moment thanks to a rather baffling strategy of not releasing any information regarding the new series then acting all surprised when journalists start to do their jobs and investigate why the corporation hasn’t been more forthcoming.

The Beeb valiantly stepped in far too late using the medium of Tweet’s to calm the growing concern raised by Private Eye that there was the possibility that there wouldn’t even be a seventh series.

Thankfully all was confirmed but instead of plugging the dam with a plucky finger the Beeb have instead rammed a hydraulic drill into the hole and left us all wondering: If there are 14 episode comissioned when exactly are they going to air?

Kasterborous’ wish to see the return of the show to its more suited autumn time slot could have just been granted.

Bleeding Cool have joined in the speculation that the ‘good chunk’ of episodes airing in 2012 mentioned by a “BBC Spokesperson” in their release will see the show airing  seven epiosdes in the autumn of 2012 which will end around Christmas time with the remaining six to appear in 2013.

However that raises a whole host of new issues to beat the Beeb around the head with.

Notably, there is the potential issue raised in both Private Eye and Bleeding Cool regarding the lucrative Doctor Who Series 6 Box Set DVD. How will releasing half a box set help matters?

The bigger concern is the wait. If the current series ends its run on Christmas Day then that means Who fans will be waiting until at least September before any new episodes hit our screens. Thats a long wait, one that most won’t want to endure after the months and months of waiting during the year of specials leading up to David Tennant’s departure as the Tenth Doctor.

So despite getting closer to having Doctor Who air under wintery darkness there are still issues regarding just how the formatting and airing of those shows and any subsequent series will effect the programme in the long term.

Hopefully we won’t be waiting too long for an answer.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

6 Responses to What Will 2012 Bring?

  1. avatar Rick says:

    I’m thinking speculation can probably be settled down already. The Moff has already set up a very nice balance, 1st half in the spring, second half in the autumn and no one suffers too long a wait. He’s already said this. Maintaining what he’s already started, this works fine for 2012 and 2013 and this way you get the 50th anniversary season finale on Nov 23rd 2013 as well. What I and most fans *don’t* want, I believe, are 9 month gaps with no Doctor Who. Spread it out and we’re usually good. Not much sense in waiting until years end, showing half a season and the second half after the holidays considering the new season usually starts in March anyway!

    Why do they try and make this so difficult?

    • avatar Rick says:

      Farsighted, as I read it, that lay out of episodes with the 9 month gap is all speculation and nothing’s been substantiated yet. It just strikes me as a lot of panic and fear mongering and over-excessive worry for no reason to even be talking about this now. Why not just assume that they’ll do the same thing as they’re doing this year and not even worry about it?

      Laz is correct, they shouldn’t keep stirring this crap up for no reason. We’ll get episodes next year. And very probably the year after. They should just let it go. I know they have to fill space on very site but enough already.

  2. avatar farsighted99 says:

    Rick, I don’t think you understand. We get the last 6 episodes (that have already been filmed) starting around the first of September (give or take); then a Christmas special. Then nothing until next September for 2012. Then 6 or 7 episodes for 2013, probably the remainder of the ones that have been commissioned.

    It’s possible they are switching the show to be aired in the fall. However, are we getting less episodes now?

  3. avatar Laz says:

    I think it really is time to stop talking about this. Nobody should have talked about it at all, actually, but it’s all Private Eye’s fault, of course.

    The “behind the scene” things (repeated by Bleeding Cool) are exactly the kind of half-truths half-crap that should never, ever go public. Still pretty much every year they do, somehow. And if the results of such things are series like the current one… well, I welcome the problems!

    Maybe we’ll have to wait until the following episodes will have aired later this year to know when the next series will air… if they’re considering the autumn/winter schedule (that I, like you, would love) they might want to see how it will go this year. So we’ll just wait… we are used to waiting from June to April, that’s not longer than longer than, say, November to September! One single episode between doesn’t change that much… and they could still do that, who knows?

    And they owe us nothing at all, one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read around this couple of days is that they have to tell us everything now and explainations like Moffat’s on SFX are insults to the fans. What?

  4. avatar Leosw4 says:

    I think there could be a move to Autumn/Winter schedules. Why? Bigger ratings (high likely),and thus more viewers equals, bigger merch sales (not just for DVDs either, given the wealth of stuff on sale). Makes sense to me-just surpised they have’nt done it sooner. Who is BIG business, very BIG business. Too much at stake and nothing to worry about.

  5. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    I wish we could have more than 13 episodes. We know Dr Who will return for next year. But move to the Autumn could be on the cards, but why make us wait say 9 months? After all Steven Moffat wanted the split so we wouldn’t have to wait as long as we have been doing in the past.

    Sam Hodges who is in charge of commissioning at the BBC said this on twitter:

    Sam_Hodges Sam Hodges
    @IanOTimelord @RadioTimes Definitely starting next year – full scheduling still TBC.

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