Steven Moffat has confirmed that the next series of Doctor Who will consist of 14 new episodes.
There’s been a lot of confusion recently when it was announced that the show wouldn’t premiere until this Autumn, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief at the news that order has been restored to the universe.
Steven told the Radio Times:
“I won’t say when exactly, but it’ll be back in the Autumn for a long run. I will just say; it will be at least 14 episodes. We always do 14, because we do the Christmas special as well. So being in the autumn, the Christmas special will be part of it as well.”
We’ve been treated to 13 episode runs – plus a Christmas special – since the show came back in 2005, but there have been fears (aided by plenty of tabloid rumours, naturally) that:
i) The series will be split between 2012 and 2013;
ii) The next series will be shorter, to make way for the 50th anniversary extravaganza;
iii) We won’t get a Christmas special;
iv) THIS SIGNALS THE CANCELLATION OF DOCTOR WHO! Because Michael Grade writes for The Daily Mail these days (are you sure about this!? -Ed).
Thank you, Mr. Moff, for putting those rumours to bed.
Now, we may be excited about getting another full series, but let’s also turn our attention on those two beautiful – but highly ambiguous – words before the “14 episodes” bit: “at least…”
In the interview, Steven Moffat was also asked if he has big plans for 2013, the year our beloved show hits the big five-oh:
“Oh dear God, yes! I think, honestly, saying this as a Doctor Who fan myself and knowing a certain amount of what’s coming, there will never be a better time to be a Doctor Who fan! I absolutely promise that.”
There we go. A fair chunk of Good News to balance out that whole ‘Fern-Brittan-doesn’t-like-Doctor-Who’ stuff…