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At the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Steven Moffat revealed that the upcoming 13-episode season of Doctor Who would be split down the middle into 7-episode spring arc and a 6-episode autumn storyline.
Moffat divulged that the break next season wouldn't be the dreaded mid-season hiatus, but rather a split between two distinct stories:
Looking at the next series I thought what this show needs is a big event in the middle [...] I kept referring to a mid-season finale. So we are going to make it two series â?? seven episodes at Easter building to an earth-shattering climax, a cliffhanger we could never normally do because it would be too long before it came back. An enormous game-changing cliffhanger that will change everything. The wrong expression would be to say we are splitting it in two. We are making it two separate series [...] With an Easter series, an autumn series and a Christmas special, you are never going to be more than few months from the new series of Doctor Who [...] Tart that I am, we will now have two first nights and two finales, twice as many event episodes as we had before.
Moffat also discussed the show's budget ("I don't understand numbers. It's a decent budget. I beg for money and more rubber green people and eventually they say OK, you can have a third rubber green person.") and the prospects of seeing a Doctress:
I think about it sometimes and maybe it will happen someday. It wouldn't have been right this time [...] A woman can play the part. You have to remember the single most important thing about regeneration is you must convince the audience and the children that's it's not a new man, it's not a different man, it's the same one. It's a bigger ask if you turn him into a woman.
Finally, Moffat mentioned that he would be with Who for the long haul â?? he won't leave the program "for a while yet."
"Doctor Who" fans have only had a chance to see two minutes of Matt Smith as the new Doctor, but BBC is ready to extend his life.
The British broadcasting channel has reportedly given "Doctor Who" under new showrunner Steven Moffat a sixth-season order, a welcome reward for a show that is just finishing filming of its fifth season this week, according to Digital Spy.
The news reportedly came from series executive producer Piers Wenger, who added that BBC also wants another Christmas special for later this year, penned by Moffat himself.
Smith replaced David Tennant, who held the keys to the Tardis since Christopher Eccleston departed after a single season, the first of the revived "Doctor Who" series in 2005. Tennant has been The Doctor in every single Christmas special in the modern "Doctor Who" era, the first Christmas special being his first full episode following the first-season regeneration.
The announcement for a sixth season isn't too much of a surprise for many observers. BBC signed Smith to a three-year deal, reportedly for far less than what Tennant received in the role before. At the same time, "Doctor Who" remains popular internationally, especially in areas where BBC can sell the program, or even sell its own advertising blocks like it can with BBC America.
Also, a decision would likely have to be made based on past history of the show since filming for the sixth season would pick up in July, soon after the first season run ends on both BBC and BBC America.
In press materials released Friday by the BBC, Smith calls his version of The Doctor a "bit more reckless."
"He's a thrill-seeker and addicted to time travel," he said. "He is the mad buffoon genius who saves the world because he's got a great heart, spirit and soul but he also doesn't suffer fools."
Smith said he helped choose The Doctor's costume, and dismissed a number of items including a long leather coat, a long blue short, and "some short punky stuff."
"BUt then one day I brought in my braces and a tweed jacket and it went from there," he said. "Soon we had the whole outfit, although something still felt like it was missing and I asked if I could try a bow tie. At that point, the execs all bowed their heads in concern, but luckily when I tried it on, we agreed it worked and it has sort of become the signature of my Doctor now."
"Doctor Who" premieres April 3 on BBC and April 17 on BBC America.
David Tennant's final two episodes of Doctor Who will air on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, the BBC has confirmed.
Provisional schedules for the Christmas period will see 'The End Of Time, Part One' air from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on BBC One on Christmas Day, sandwiched between episodes of EastEnders.
'The End Of Time, Part Two', in which Tennant's Doctor will regenerate into a new incarnation played by Matt Smith, will air on New Year's Day. The hour-long episode will go out at 7.30pm, again sandwiched between episodes of EastEnders and also ahead of the last ever episode of Gavin & Stacey.
Source: Digital Spy
Christopher Eccleston has inherited the time-travelling Tardis, making a come back tonight with style on BBC1, Unlike any of his predecessors Patrick Troughton, John Pertwee and Tom Baker, We have a 21st Century Doc with short hair and a cool leather jacket and a northern accent. Very Happy
Long story short: We enjoyed the show and we welcome fan feedback..
The new series has retained the best of the old including the 1950s police box with its siren noise, updated theme music and the doctor's all-purpose Sonic Screwdriver, No more low budget wobbly sets or retro special effects.
The new Doctor is mercurial, funny and ever so slightly camp, though he enjoys a closer relationship with his new female "assistant" than previous doctors. Rose, played by the singer Billie Piper, finds his Asperger-ish lack of social skills and human understanding infuriating and endearing in equal measure.
12 More episodes will be broadcast on Saturday's early evening 7pm slot on BBC One, but some viewers may be put off by the new direction and use of cinematic tricks like stop start photography and the fact the baddies are more likely to be computer generated and not out-of-work actors in cardboard suits.
The producers wanted a clean break from previous Doctor Whos to avoid being an ironic pastiche of a much-loved series that got caught in its own time warp and was taken off the screens 16 years ago.
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