Reaffirming last year’s edict that no Doctor Who series should be torn asunder, Steven Moffat has been just as frugal with the news as well – both stating that there will be a Series 9 in 2015 (like it was ever in any doubt) and that it too will be a full run.
Commenting in DWM, Moffat said:
“We’re not going to do splits (for series 8), and the same format will repeat exactly the following year like that. So it will be the traditional form.”
So it looks as though Doctor Who will be making the autumn months its permanent home with Series 8, rumoured to be airing over August/September, the Christmas Special on Christmas Day and then, to speculate further, back again in autumn 2015 for Series 9.
While the splits were an interesting and, if rumours are true, necessary experiment, a concentrated run of episodes always worked better; the cliffhangers didn’t leave you ‘hanging’ around too much, there’s more room for stories to breathe and develop because the pay-off isn’t months away; meaning more compact, concise episodes (and the return of the two-parter) and, if nothing else, it reaffirms the audiences faith in the show by – again, according to rumours – airing it against the Bank Holiday banshee that is The X Factor.
So are you happy that the spilt is no more? Did you enjoy having Doctor Who back on our screens only a few months after Christmas? Do full runs work better?