The Private Eye story about Doctor Who production problems leading to a reduced seventh series airing in 2012, seemed to be at least partially, backed up by a BBC report. Which has not sat well with showrunner Steven Moffat.
Neil Gaiman tweeted “Er… is it my imagination or are you being shafted by BBC online news?”
Moffat replied “It’s not your imagination. Unbelievable, unacceptable. The scheduling of Dr Who has got NOTHING to with Sherlock. On the plus side THE BBC SPELLED MY NAME RIGHT!!!!”
Moffat had previously tweeted “Dr Who: misquotes and misunderstandings. But I’m not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we’re ready. Hush, and patience.”
What can we take from this? Well, one reading is that there is a feeling that Doctor Who should air in the winter months, when it’s cold and dark outside. A recent episode that aired during a thunderstorm in London felt far more appreciated as a result than episodes that aired, lit by glorious sunshine. And splitting a series around Christmas would certainly achieve that wish, with the rest of the seventh series airing from January 2013. And, yes, leading to a eighth series of Doctor Who running through November 2013, the fiftienth anniversary of the show…