Confirmed: No full series of Doctor Who in 2012

June 14th, 2011
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

It has been confirmed that there won’t be a full series of Doctor Who in 2012.

The news was brought to light earlier tonight through a tweet from BBC News Entertainment Correspondent Lizo Mzimba, who posted: “There will not be a full series of Dr Who in 2012! BBC confirms that BBC One Controller said this earlier today”. The BBC recently announced 14 new episodes, including this year’s Christmas special, but it’s not known when the remaining 13 will be aired.

As Lizo has pointed out, it looks like we’ll be getting a handful of them next year with the rest to follow in 2013. This is also backed up by a tweet from BBC Merseyside’s Religious Editor, Wayne Clarke, who has suggested that the scheduling decision is to allow the BBC to transmit “a special run” of the series for the 50th anniversary in 2013.

Steven Moffat has responded to the news, commenting: “Dr Who: misquotes and misunderstandings. But I’m not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we’re ready. Hush, and patience.”

We’ll let you know more news as and when it transpires. Leave your thoughts below!

55 comments on this article
  1. Professor Zed
    June 15th, 2011 at 10.25pm | #1

    I think what’s about to happen is the real reason Series 6 was split. Series 7 is going to run from October 2012 into late winter 2013.

    So that there wasn’t a long break between Series 6 ending in June 2011, and Series 7 beginning in October 2012, Series 6 was split. Now Series 6 will end in November 2011, and Series 7 will begin the following October, 2012.

    Series 7 will air 6 episodes October into November 2012, there will be a Christmas Day episode, then the final 7 episodes of Series 7 will air February into March, 2013.

    AND THEN the big 50th anniversary, Series 8 (actually Series 34) will run the same schedule as Series 7. With a great big 3 part 50th anniversary story airing in November, 2013.

    That’s my guess, at least. Or, I should say – my hope!

  2. JC
    June 15th, 2011 at 11.38pm | #2

    Going on what you said though, we’d be looking at 11 months without any Doctor Who, which is as makes no difference a whole year. Granted, it’s less than the more than a year and a half that it would have been, but…….

    I don’t know, I don’t see how they can explain this upcoming Doctor Who drought away. I think it probably is about money and/or the Olympics more than anything.

    The bottom line is that they are messing the fans around.

    There really should have been a proper statement with a full explaination as to what was happening, rather than the BBC saying to this person that this BBC Executive said this.

  3. Glenn
    June 15th, 2011 at 11.56pm | #3

    Wow. Steve is so bitter about SM. If you don’t think SM has all the answers to what everyone is wondering about to make everything come together concerning the myth-arc… then you are crazy.

    This is sad news, but I’ll wait and see how all the details pan out officially, it might be something awesome. DW has never been bigger worldwide, its a cash cow for the BBC, they aren’t going to scrap it anytime soon… like some of you think this is the first step in doing so.

    BOOOOOOOOO at first, then I read the Tweet from Moffat… and suddenly I’m in the “lets wait and see camp”.

  4. Rassilon’s Rod
    June 16th, 2011 at 12.48am | #4

    Can’t believe how much some people are panicking on so little information! Let’s wait for the big official announcement before we get too despondent!

  5. Tony
    June 16th, 2011 at 3.13am | #5

    Keep cool and trust in Moffat!!!

  6. shawn
    June 16th, 2011 at 7.36am | #6

    @Professor Zed
    i would like to think they will do a five part story for the 50th like toorchwoods children of earthg series showing 1 eipisode ever nite for one week now that would be amazing wouldnt it they did it with thoorchwood they can do it for doctor who :)

  7. TWWL
    June 16th, 2011 at 2.22pm | #7

    Moffat has lost his way and the BBC know it? What silly rot.

  8. TE
    June 16th, 2011 at 4.05pm | #8

    @Rassilon’s Rod
    Agreed. Also, the most important thing is that Doctor Who is still going to be on next year. It’s not like they’ve said there will be no episodes next year.

  9. Robert
    June 16th, 2011 at 5.42pm | #9


    Well said

    that’s what Lizo tweeded

    that we will get perhaps six or seven

    and Shawn

    that’s my thinking as well

    what if the rest of the series seven is to do with the fiftheth aniversary

    and if the bbc is to get rid of who

    the doctor could finish with a bang

    we haven’t heard anything from Matt

    so I think we may get the 12th Doctor

    because moffat wrote the comic relief special

    and that special had regenerations every second.

    The point is we will get some but not all

    in 2012.

  10. Vanessa
    June 16th, 2011 at 8.49pm | #10

    Sounds like 2013 will be a good year but I’ll have a year before that of my oldest son constantly moaning about the lack of Doctor Who. He’s already moaning about Doctor Who not being on and its not long since the last episode (although Springwatch, another program we like, is keeping him from moaning all week about it but that’s finishing soon too).

  11. Robert
    June 16th, 2011 at 9.00pm | #11

    I’m going to wait until what the rest of series 6

    in brocast in the Autumn

    But like the Doctor in A Good man goes to war

    I think we have all stumbled into a trap

    and i will feel stupid for being a berk

  12. Robert
    June 16th, 2011 at 9.51pm | #12


    well said

    after reading Moffats tweet

    i’m feeling ashmed of my self

    becuse moffat was right

    the papers are misqueting the news of the split

    (Mark my word we may have episodes in 2012

    and 5 episodes in 2013 which lead into the aniversary arch

    which will probaly lead into series 8 with a major star

    playing the part of the 12th doctor

    Is till think Martin shaw would be a good un)

    and we as the so called fans are misunderstanding

    cause we are all getting wound up

    like I said we have a brillant story line this year

    I still think the aniverasry will play a big part

    could the doctor turn into a woman for five specials?

    like the little girl


    I wish I could regnerate into a man with more common sense

  13. Robert
    June 16th, 2011 at 10.01pm | #13



    I forgot to put 8 episodes in 2012

    and I love Matt smith

    I loved tennat too

    but number 11 is now my Doctor

    and i have a bow tie at home

    which are cool

    i’m now are voting that the 12th doctor

    will wear a scarf and hat

    (Martin shaw in a scarf)

  14. TE
    June 16th, 2011 at 10.35pm | #14

    I seriously don’t understand why everyone’s expecting Matt to leave at the end of Series Seven. Given how much he’s enjoyed the role, I wouldn’t be surprise that he might exceed that three series contract.

  15. Dave
    June 19th, 2011 at 9.05am | #15

    Can I just mention that the last 3 classic series seasons were half of the current lenght of Doctor Who. While Doctor Who has 13 x 45 episodes, Syl McCoys seasons were 13 x 25 minutes, so considering this, I would say we have a fair season ahead next year.

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