BBC One Controller Danny Cohen has confirmed there is no full series of Doctor Who on order for 2012. This news follows an article from Private Eye Magazine, which blames budget woes, key staff departures and on-set tensions for the decision. According to the article “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. This 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.”
Showrunner Steven Moffat meanwhile tweeted earlier today “Dr Who: misquotes and misunderstandings. But I’m not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we’re ready. Hush, and patience.”
The ‘cool stuff’ referenced by Moffatt may include a number of specials. However any reduction in the number of episodes commissioned is sure to leave a hole in the BBC’s Saturday night schedule. Not to mention the hearts of the show’s most ardent fans.