Exterminating nasty rumors that have been running rampant among the British tabloids, DOCTOR WHO executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat confirmed today that the next season of DOCTOR WHO — the 10th since its revival — will consist of a full slate of 12 episodes plus a Christmas special.
And the whole season will star Peter Capaldi!
“We’re making a full series. I can confirm that. I’m making a full series of 12 episodes, plus a Christmas special. I don’t know when it goes out. That’s up to someone else. And even if I did know – which I genuinely don’t – I wouldn’t be allowed to say so as I have absolutely no say in it whatsoever.
It’s not being reduced in size. We’re not making fewer episodes. That’s all complete bunk. I can confirm that absolutely.”
This is FANTASTIC news! I am so happy… and relieved. I am SO looking forward to another full season of Capaldi’s irascible rocker Doctor!
Silly rumors of a reduced series in 2016 have been swirling every since trashy tabloid Private Eye published a story in August that suggested the 10th series would consist of a number of specials – similar to David Tennant‘s final run in 2009. Just yesterday, UK tabloid The Daily Mirror ran with a story about next season being reduced to half the usual number of episodes!
The Mirror story claimed the reduction was necessitated by Moffat’s commitment to his other series, SHERLOCK, and star Capaldi’s wish to work on other projects, such as directing a movie about his time in the Scottish punk band Dreamboys (with Craig Ferguson) and guesting on two episodes the HBO series VEEP — which was created by Capaldi’s old boss at THE THICK OF IT, Armando Iannucci.
I’m sorry, folks, but being lured away by other projects is why producers make actors sign contracts; so they don’t simply wander off… And Moffat has been juggling WHO and SHERLOCK for years!