(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
It appears fans of Doctor Who just got hit with a time splitting revelation from Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer of the series, at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Doctor who is going to be split into two parts (gasp!). The upcoming season, next year, will be split into a 7-episode spring arc and a 6-episode autumn storyline. Rest assured, this is not to screw with loyal Doctor Who fans (myself included).
Steven Moffat let it spill that this break isn’t part of a mid-season hiatus, but to split the series into two distinct storylines:
“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 – 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 disscused his future with the Doctor Who series, stating he won’t be leaving the show “for a while yet”. He even gave a special glimpse to those at the festival for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, guest starring Michael Gambon (Dumbldore!) and Katherine Jenkins (a Welsh mezzo-soprano). With the Series keeping the Doctor’s companion, now married, in the mix along with her husband Rory, what can we expect from the next season. Is Amy going to have a stronger role in the series? Will they kill Rory again? Will the show say “screw it!” and throw in a time traveling threesome? No one knows for sure but all will be answered in the coming year (come on threesome)