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Published on August 24th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

Moffat on the 2012 Situation

There has recently been some speculation regarding the show’s future and the BBC’s attitude towards it, especially with the confusion concerning Series 7 in 2012.

Steven Moffat recently chatted with The Daily Beast, where he quickly denied that there was any problem, something that will hopefully put fans minds at rest.

“Absolute nonsense. First of all, we are airing in 2012. The only thing that’s happening is that we’re moving a bit later…There’s lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon…It is certainly not a reduced episode count…You’re not going to reduce a show like this. The opposite is going to happen, in fact.”

“The opposite”?

This year has seen a departure in how Doctor Who is delivered to viewers. For the first time ever, the series has been split in two so that Doctor Who will never be more than three months away from our screens. There’s also been a much heavier story arc running through the show than ever before, something that we may see less of next year:

“This is the most arc-intensive we’ve ever been and I’m throwing the lever the other way next year.”

For more of Steven’s thoughts on TARDIS dynamics amongst the crew and what exactly makes the perfect Doctor Who episode, do take the time to read the full interview.


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7 Responses to Moffat on the 2012 Situation

  1. avatar Si says:

    Hmm. Read the interview, very good. I must say, though, I’m intrigued about this “American broadcast’s pre-cold open sequence with Amy Pond”. What was that? What did that involve?

  2. avatar Francis Cave says:

    I’ve not seen it myself but I belive the US Amy Pond Sequence was some sort of voiceover along the lines of “I am Amy Pond, I travel with the Doctor…” etc at the start of each episode, I guess as a sort of introduction to non-fans.

    • Aye, the Beeb is getting us Americans clued in by basically showing the usual pre-credit cliffhanger teaser thing that’s come with almost every new series episode, but rather than immediately cutting to the title sequence, we get a two-or three-sentence summary of series 5 from Amy’s voice and THEN the title sequence. Every episode. Looks a bit like this:

      Reminds me a bit of the intros to the later Sarah Jane Adventures really.

  3. avatar Ian says:

    Where’s the grumpy Sontaran pic gone?

    • We only use that when Moffat is angry :)

  4. avatar Eddy says:

    The opposite? Does that mean… MORE episodes? Yaaaaaaaay!!!

  5. avatar Ian O'Brien says:

    He has not said there will be more..just a later start. SO i reckon August 2012 start.

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