UPDATE JUNE 14 2011 – NO DOCTOR WHO in 2012?:
‘Confirmed: No Full Season of Doctor Who in 2012′
Well, this is not the best of news for Whoviuns who are still trying to convince themselves (the other choice is to ignore it (impossible) or get mad (waste of energy) that the split season of Series 6 Doctor Who is just fine with them.
It seems your friends and mine (I wish) source io9, are reporting the following as fact. I’ll F/U as time progresses.
Right now though, I’m really trying to focus on looking forward to a bunch more NEW Doctor Who Episodes in just a few short months.
In truth, I’d rather watch Doctor Who in the fall or Autumn–but the whole series–not chopped in two like it is. This isn’t the UK. For Americans who have been known to have series /seasons with 23 or so episodes Doctor Who is already an uber-short series. Summertime, with holiday (and other let’s do-it-while-the-weather-is-still-good-type commitments) is not good for making tons of time for TV. Not even for one of your favourite shows–as Doctor Who most certainly is.
But, waiting until the fall of 2011 for the second half of Doctor Who Series 6 is not like waiting half a year or even *ahem* a year or more(!)
*Trying to be cool about this.*
Last week a nasty Doctor Who rumor was circulating — that even though Matt Smith has signed on to do another 14 Doctor Who episodes, there wouldn’t be a full season next year. Sadly, these suspicions have been confirmed.Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, was speaking at an event where we got the first confirmation that Doctor Who would NOT becoming back for a full season in 2012. A member of the audience, Wayne Clarke, confirmed via twitter that “Danny Cohen says there won’t be a full series of Doctor Who in 2012, but a special run for the anniversary in 2013.”
Which means that perhaps only a few episodes from the new season will air next year, and the rest will air in 2013. Cohen joked that the delay was due to Steven Moffat’s other commitments on Sherlock Holmes, but the BBC later clarified that this wasn’t the real reason (according to the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba.)
But at the very least, let’s hope this means the 50th anniversary will be an even bigger celebration of the show’s long history, with tons of cameos and a huge storyline.
Doctor Who Will return in the Autumn (Fall, 2011) with “Lets Kill Hitler” – Teaser Trailer:
Uploaded by MichaelShawnShannon on Jun 5, 2011
This video is filled with pictures and filming video for the upcoming episode “Let’s Kill Hitler”.
Is Captain Jack Returning to Doctor Who?:
Barrowman told Zap2it: "I’ve always said that if I’m asked to go back to Doctor Who, I’ll go at the drop of a hat. That’s where Captain Jack got his beginnings."
He added that Jack’s possible return had "already been discussed" by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies.
“It’s in the cards, but who knows whether it will happen?” he said.
Barrowman also praised current Doctor Who star Matt Smith, but admitted that he still feels "attached" to his former co-star David Tennant.
Source: Digital Spy
The BBC have confirmed a seventh season of Doctor Who today which will run 14 episodes with Matt Smith as The Doctor.
Whether Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will return or not is still not confirmed but they’ve recently both signed onto other projects…
…Which, IMO, means little-to-nothing until we have more information. EDIT/I concede however, that no companion in the newest incarnation of the televised Doctor Who series has lasted as a companion for more than 2 series. But considering the number of times they brought back ‘Martha,’ ‘Rose,’ ‘Donna Noble,’ ‘Captain Jack’ & ‘Mickey’ at least a couple of times as non-companions, it is impossible to say we have seen the last of them come Series 6′s end.)
: Karen Gillan is working on the BBC 4 drama “We’ll Take Manhattan” as real-life 1960′s supermodel Jean ‘The Shrimp’ Shrimpton and Arthur Darvill is appearing as ‘Mephistopheles‘ in Doctor Faustus in the Globe Theatre.
BBC Confirms Doctor Who will Return for Series 7 with Matt Smith Continuing as ‘the Doctor’:
But everything we know about season 7 has come to us in the form of two Twitter posts, which, given their 140-character limit, did not go into details about the broadcast schedule for 2012. So we do not know whether season 7 will air in the spring, the fall, or both.
Those Tweets, in case you’re wondering, are as follows.
From BBC exec Sam Hodges: "#DoctorWho is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor #bbc1."
From executive producer Steven Moffat: "14 eps Matt DEFINITELY. I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS." Thanks, Steven!)
The count of 14 refers to the current schema of 13 regular episodes plus a Christmas special.
The continuation of Smith in the role is no surprise: the star has not been as coy about his willingness to continue in the role as predecessor David Tennant, and it’s generally assumed that Moffat hopes to keep Smith in the role through the show’s 50th anniversary year of 2013.
Source: ‘Doctor Who Renewed for Season 7‘