Which is to say, what series they are prepping will run to six or seven episodes. Which is typical for a British series of just about anything, it’s just that we’ve been spoiled with Who.
The plan will be to run the show in the Autumn, have a break and Christmas special, then come back in the Spring. This is according to the BBC’s Danny Cohen, speaking at the Church and Media Conference today where, obviously, the Doctor was a big talking point. For some reason.
He did pledge a “special run” for the show in 2013, on the occasion of the show’s 50th anniversary though. Would this be the “second half” of the starts-in-2012 set? Or another stretch?
Do note that the later schedule for the 2012 Who might mean that Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan are staying onboard – it could mean later shoot dates, giving them time to fit in their oft-gossiped about other gigs. But I’m just speculating here. Exactly like everybody who seems so sure that they’re going.
As far as we know so far, Matt Smith is contracted for 14 episodes in 2012-2013. It might be a little while until we find out if he’ll be coming back for more, or indeed how many more.