Okay… we’ll tread carefully with this one given the hoo-hah caused by the last article we quoted from Private Eye magazine (which multiple sources have refused to either confirm or deny) and take a slightly different tack.
We’ll skip all of the production team-level gossip (there’s plenty of news about that can of dust set to be announced in the not-too-distant future…) and skate over Steven Moffat’s “fulsome praise” for his departed colleagues and think about the best day of the year, Christmas.
Who was expecting the Christmas special to have entered production by now? Usually the special starts shooting as as the previous season airs, acting as the first production block of the following run: this was the case throughout the RTD era and something similar also occurred in 2010 with A Christmas Carol. (It has of course been reported in DWM that an Autumn shoot is planned.)
Scurrilous purveyors of truth and satire Private Eye, however, report that we “will not see cameras roll until September”.
They go on:
“Filming on the next series customarily starts shortly afterwards: this time the Tardis [sic] is unlikely to take flight before February next year.”
We have no doubt that the episode will be completed on time – after all, there are plenty of days left in the 2011 calendar – and we heartily look forward to it.
However, what we’re not too happy about is the potential loss of a new 50th anniversary Doctor Who partwork that was being developed by BBC Magazines. According to the same Private Eye article, plans for this were shelved based on a comparison of 2009 sales figures with projected figures for 2012, a period with either fewer episodes or a radically different series structure.