You may or may not have heard them, but there are rumours going around concerning Doctor Who and 2014. There is, they say, a chance that the show won’t be returning for several months after the 2013 anniversary special (or the Christmas episode) and that even episodes in 2014 are optimistic.
But before we get carried away – or before you do – let’s have a dose of reality.
Doctor Who is 50 this year. It’s popularity is increasing considerably overseas. It is more well-known than it ever was in the 1960s, the 1970s and when Russell T Davies was in change.
In short, the BBC isn’t going to axe Doctor Who.
However, it seems that rumours on other websites are taking on a life of their own, so much so that we’ve been asked about them. Our answer is, of course, that we don’t know. However, it is extremely unlikely that 2014 will end without a single new Doctor Who episode being broadcast, even if the BBC were concerned about the show overstaying its welcome during its 50th anniversary (one only has to look at the BBC’s 2009 Christmas on BBC One campaign featuring the Tenth Doctor and lots of snow to see how fickle people can be about Doctor Who. One moment he’s there; the next, people can’t wait to see the back of David Tennant).
Fortunately, Doctor Who’s brand manager Edward Russell has piped up on Twitter (@edwardrussell) to allay concerns.
@IanOTimelord it's not for me to announce things like this on Twitter, I'm afraid. But I can definitely say DW not facing a hiatus.
— Edward Russell (@edwardrussell) January 13, 2013
So there you have it. Nothing to be worried about at all. Just a wee 2009-style breather at the very worst.
Time to stop fretting and enjoy 2013, we think!