No full season for Doctor Who in 2012

There’ll definitely be 14 episodes of Matt Smith… but over two years.

Following revelations about the severe budget cuts and personal politics that reduced 2011’s Doctor Who into an underfunded half-season in the fearless Private Eye, the BBC have been forced to address speculation that there’ll be no series at all in 2012.

BBC One controller Danny Cohen has said that Season Six will continue in the Autumn, there’ll be a Christmas special, and then six or seven episodes in the Spring, with the remainder in 2013. This clears up previous misunderstandings doing the rounds on the internet, as a result of the Private Eye piece, which opined that BBC Wales would only be running seasonal special episodes in 2013 because production was so far behind.

Showrunner Steven Moffat added to the confusion, saying, “Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor.”

Six (or seven) episodes in 2012, and six in 2013, plus one Christmas special (or two) – that’s our 14 episodes of Matt Smith then, spread over two years instead of one.

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