We reported earlier that BBC One Controller Danny Cohen revealed at the Church and Media conference this afternoon that there will be no series of Doctor Who in 2012, with just a single Christmas special commissioned in advance of the 50th anniversary 2013 series.
It seems that this wasn’t entirely accurate – our apologies for the mix-up.
After temporarily pulling the item, we’ve since found out via the BBC’s big Doctor Who fan @lizo_mzimba on Twitter:
Bit of confusion, to summarise: no FULL 13 episode series of Dr Who in 2012. So some episodes will still go out in 2012. Remainder in 2013.
Which tidies up the previous misunderstanding concerning “no series in 2012”, by the BBC’s Wayne Clarke:
Danny Cohen says there won’t be a full series of Doctor Who in 2012, but a special run for the anniversary in 2013.#cmn11
Now if all of this has come as a bit of a surpise to you, it actually goes back to last week, when we relayed this news published in the latest Private Eye:
Programme chiefs in London were horrified to learn recently that BBC Wales is proposing not to make a full series of Doctor Who in 2012, but instead to put the programme on hiatus and merely bash out four “specials” as it did in 2009. Which will leave an enormous hole in the BBC1 Saturday night schedule and a bigger one in the profits of BBC Worldwide, and will mean the corporation will be paying lead actor Matt Smith to spend most of the rest of this year doing nothing.
The immense fuss that this caused was then smoothed over by a pair of Tweets (via Twitter, rather than press releases) from BBC Head of Comms Sam Hodges and showrunner Steven Moffat:
#DoctorWho is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor #bbc1
14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun.#formaqueue
We had expected a series to “straddle” Christmas 2012, so this latest news isn’t unexpected.
Of course, a lack of Doctor Who throughout most of 2012 will be disappointing, of course, but with official magazines, fanzines, DVDs, audios, books, comic strips and graphic novels not to mention amateur fan works and various websites such as this, 2012 won’t really be a Doctor Who-free period – and 2013 looks set to be FANTASTIC!