UPDATE: Further developments. Moffat has tweeted for fans to not jump to any conclusions just yet. There’s also news that the BBC is shifting Doctor Who from a spring start to a fall start for 2012. We’d get a split season starting in the fall, a holiday special next year and the final half of the season in the spring of 2013. Then a new series would start in the fall of 2013, in time to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary.
Fans who rejoiced when the BBC ordered 14 more episodes of Doctor Who earlier this year may feel like our next story is a dash of cold water.
BBC Controller Danny Cohen said this week that we won’t get a full season of stories in 2012. Cohen said the 14 episodes picked up would only air a few of the new season year and then save the rest for 2013. For those of you keeping track at home, that means we won’t get a full season of the greatest genre series ever made as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013.
The delay is not due to producer Steven Moffat’s ties to a new series of Sherlock, however. Cohen initially joked about this, but the BBC has since confirmed this is not the case.