Doctor Who News Arthur Darvill, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan waiting for the cameras to roll on Doctor Who Series 7

Published on May 11th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Is August Too Soon?

Arthur Darvill, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan waiting for the cameras to roll on Doctor Who Series 7

Out of the heat haze of summer emerges Doctor Who - ready to elevate the nation’s mood after various sporting disappointments -  exciting stuff! But is it too soon?

As announced by The Guardian this Wednesday Steven Moffat will be attending the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (which takes place between 23-25 August) where he’ll be chairing a masterclass on Sherlock with Mark Gatiss, and hosting an exclusive preview screening of the first episode of Series 7.

Itis basically an inversion of the broadcast schedule of Series 6. Last year, Let’s Kill Hitler made its bow at the same festival on 26th August  and aired on BBC 1 the following day. So in all likelihood Doctor Who will be airing on 25th August or, at the latest, 1st September.

With Moffat promising eight episodes in 2013 it is likely that we’ll get five episodes – concluding with the departure of the Ponds – then the Christmas special where the lovely Jenna Louise-Coleman will step aboard the TARDIS for the remainder of the series.

How many episodes and in what format they will be remains to be seen but what’s obvious is that Doctor Who will dominate our television screens for a huge chunk of 2013!

However while we’ll be getting more beyond those eight episodes this run up to Christmas will only take us to the beginning of October at the most – meaning we’ll be waiting a further three months before Doctor Who returns to our screens for his annual festive jaunt.

The result is while we will be seeing even more of the Doctor in the next year it won’t be a continuous run of episodes this side of Christmas – or even after the holiday period.

So is this new air date too soon? Or should we just be grateful for the sheer amount of new episodes coming our way for the 50th Anniversary year?


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

10 Responses to Is August Too Soon?

  1. avatar Ned says:

    I vote that May is too soon to assume that Series 7 will begin in August.

    • Too much of a stretch to imagine based on previous years and preview screenings?

  2. avatar Stlshawn says:

    Way too soon. Hard to be scary with sun pouting in while watching.

  3. avatar Gerry says:

    The festival screening isn’t the same as the press launch. I suspect Edinburgh end of August, the full press launch in London or Cardiff a week or so later, then broadcast a week or so after that. Takes you nearer to mid September screening on BBC 1, with episodes lasting further into October.

    • Arguably there doesn’t need to be a press launch.

      Everyone in the MSM who matters will be covering the festival already.

      • avatar Philip Bates says:

        Hmmm. It’s a tough one. Yes, the press’ll be at the Guardian Festival thing, but I think it’d be a bad idea not to have a press launch. That’s really when the television bursts with news and previews – and not overshadowed by anything else, which it might run the risk of, if shown solely at the MediaGuardian.

        • avatar Gerry says:

          If previous years are anything to go by, the press launch is when you also get the celebs & politicians turning up, not just the journos. (No Jo Whiley = no press launch).
          The second episode has also been screened – not just the opener. It has tended to be about 10 days before the broadcast, to cater for weekly publications as well as the dailys.
          Of course, they may simply have decided to do something different this year.

  4. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    It sort of fits in with the TV Autumn line-up relaunch thingy they always do every year, so it’s not that suprising if they’re going for late August or early September. It also ties in with the ‘back-to-school’ time and playground buzz they may be going for with the family audience.

  5. avatar Andrew Brown says:

    I think Moffat has said a) Xmas episode is part of the main run, and b) all 1-part ‘blockbuster’ type stories. So do they need to be scheduled weekly? One a month, with a bonus at Xmas, and he can stretch it out to within sight of the anniversary…

  6. avatar ChrisM says:

    This split run idea is just rubbish and, as with American shows and their constant hiatus will just result in lower viewers.

    Kids, who are the ones who need to be gripped and hooked to stay need repetition. Without that, they lose interest. I’ve seen it in my nephews who are 13 and 10.

    They forget about the show and ceases to be a “must watch” for them….despite my best efforts to keep them interested.

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