Moffat: No “reduced episode count”
There has been much speculation in fan circles recently over what - and how many - of the next batch of episodes leading up to the 50th Anniversary year in 2013 will be, with some speculation that the episode count is to be reduced since according to the BBC the next batch of 14 episodes will not entirely be broadcast in 2012. However, according to this recently published interview with Steven Moffat in “The Daily Beast”, a reduction of episodes is not the case. Given that the interview contains some mild spoilers for what’s to come which not everyone may wish to click on and read, we’ll quote the relevant bit here:
“First of all, we are airing in 2012. The only thing that’s happening is that we’re moving a bit later…There’s lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon…It is certainly not a reduced episode count. Do you think the BBC would really let that happen? With an average audience of 10 million?…Doctor Who’s international profile is huge. It’s never been more successful. You’re not going to reduce a show like this. The opposite is going to happen, in fact.”
Cue the speculation of whether “the opposite” of reducing the number of episodes means “not reducing the number of episodes” or “increasing the number of episodes”. Assuming the latter, it is likely we are talking about a one-off increase for the anniversary year - perhaps with an anniversary special.
The 33rd season resumes in just four days time on BBC1, BBC America and Space. A reminder to everyone who’ll be out enjoying the last couple weekends of summer to set their timer’s and PVR’s etc. We’ll be posting our TARDIS files and blog entries for each episode as always!
Posted by Luca on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:46 am