BBC1 Controller Danny Cohen today revealed that, after much speculation generated since the Private Eye article and subsequent BBC announcements last week, Doctor Who will indeed be returning in a curtailed form during 2012... No other details on how many episodes will comprise the 2012 run at present, though the BBC confirmed last week that fourteen episodes had been commissioned, including this year's Christmas Special, with Matt Smith at the helm in the role as The Doctor...
My first reaction at this news was shock and dismay but a lot of that comes from being an old-school fan and remember that hiatuses were the way death of the series began. The BBC have a lot of cash riding on the series now... tons of merchandise and a grown American fanbase so I do believe this was done as a budgetary matter. This is not a Michael Grade style passive-agressive cancelation or worse yet a Bonnie Hammer 'Lets replace FARSCAPE with a show about dream interpretations!'
I hope and believe that this in the long run will be a good thing.
Of course I also hope that the kids that have fallen in love with the series won't forget about it. Then again that didn't happen with any of us older kids did it?
If nothing else this lull will give Cubicle 7 more time to get new products for the Doctor Who Adventures In Time And Space role playing game out into the marketplace.
Of course that also means that I've got to get up off my ass and start actually running the damn game one of these days.
I do think that I am going to avoid the Doctor Who-related forums for a while. News like this usually sends the fanboys into a frenzy and I imagine there are many threads full of posters blaming the Moff, RTD, the BBC and even JNT for this turn of events.
I was also thinking to myself that while Amy Pond might be the sexiest companion of recent years Donna Noble is probably more fun in bed.
However I am not sure what that has to do with the matter at hand.
But once again I am going to face this admittedly disappointing news as positively as possible and I hope the rest of you do as well.