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Published on January 19th, 2012 | by Philip Bates

At Least 14 Episodes in Series 7!

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…


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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

8 Responses to At Least 14 Episodes in Series 7!

  1. avatar Anthony says:

    Thank goodness for that :) there are some out there that seem to want the show to fail
    what with all the negativity they spout , well this goes a long way to counteract that ! Brilliant news !

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Well, since he’s saying he’s not sure *when* it will start in the autumn, it still sounds like it might end up getting split up between ’12 and ’13 so there’s really nothing new here. Maybe they’re still worried whether they can fit it all into this year. Hope so, but if they don’t, it’s not the end of the world.

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      I think he does know – he just isn’t saying yet!

      And it’s definately 14 episodes in 2012.

      Good news, eh?

  3. avatar Barry Rix says:

    I think we have always known that series 7 was going to consist of 14 episodes, but we still could get them split over 2012/13, with the Christmas Special mid series. Please correct me, but we have nothing new here.

    • avatar francis cave says:

      I’m with Barry on this one!!

  4. avatar Leo says:

    “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’.

    That sounds to me like the 14 episodes will ne shown as ‘one block’-so it all could be in the Autumn through to Christmas or late Autumn, Christmas and the January 2013-I cant see how ‘longest run ever’ can mean anything else. A 14 episode continous run would be the longest run ever.

  5. avatar ChrisL says:

    As Barry rightly points out, there’s absolutely nothing new here.
    Fourteen episodes, including a Christmas special, is precisely what we’ve come to expect every year… apart from the four ‘specials’ of Tennant’s final year.

    In fact, as Barry also points out, this ‘news’ doesn’t rule out the long held belief that Series 7 will span 2012 & 2013 with the Christmas episode coming slap-bang in the middle of the run.
    If this is indeed the case, then 2012 will only contain 6 or 7 episodes,(plus Xmas special), which is a reduction in output no matter how they try and spin it.

  6. avatar Stlshawn says:

    It’s still going to be missing 14 episodes of goodness.

    R.i.p. confidential. We shall miss you.

    But, on the brighter sides :::
    1 – it is coming back (unlike a certain sixteen year slumber)
    2 – big finish is amazing.
    3 – eternity clock. Need I say more.
    4 – new red dwarf. – ok not really who related, but exciting to me.
    5 – the hobbit – also not whovian, but still rockin.
    6 – new tardis inhabitants, always exciting.
    7 – bbc America is actually pushing dw on their website.
    8 – how much does dw line the bbc pockets? Especially as an export.
    9 – many many many people know and love dw, not for the spectacle, but for the substance.
    10 – watching doctor who on a cold dark night,,,,, as it should be.

    It’s good to be a whovian in 2012.

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