Take a deep breath, sit back and relax. Doctor Who is safe. For the past few weeks there’s been speculation over the show’s future and whether the end of Doctor Who was beginning to appear in the distance. This is largely due to the BBC’s recent announcement that the next series would have some but not all episodes shown in 2012, the rest to be aired in 2013.
But that means nothing these days. Sure, it would be nice to have lots of episodes of our favourite show week in week out just like back in the 1960’s. But times have changed, audiences have a shorter attention span and budgets aint what they used to be.
However, whereas most shows get a nod and a wink to let them know that they’re coming back, the people at the Beeb have gone out of their way to reassure the public that Doctor Who is going nowhere.
Julian Payne, the BBC communications numero uno, finally confirmed what plenty of Doctor Who fans have known for a while:
“Doctor Who in 2011 has had one of its strongest performances, with 10.3 million people tuning in. It is business as usual…we are preparing for the new series and Steven [Moffat, head writer] is hard at work on the Christmas show.”
So there you have it, full confirmation that nothing is wrong and that we will get to see the rest of the eleventh Doctor’s two hundred years of adventuring before someone in a spacesuit kills him in America!