‘Doctor Who’ to return for new series in 2012

Matt Smith definitely back for 14-episode run

Doctor Who will return to the BBC next year for 14 episodes with Matt Smith returning as The Doctor.

The news was released by Sam Hodges, Head of Communications for the BBC, via Twitter yesterday. He wrote,

“#DoctorWho is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor #bbc1”

At the same time, the show’s chief writer Steven Moffat tweeted,

“14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun.#formaqueue”

He later confirmed the run will include 13 episodes and then a Christmas special.

News of the recommissioning broke as The Sun ‘exclusively revealed’ that the future of the BBC favourite was in crisis, telling of rifts between BBC bosses and chief writer Steven Moffat, who The Sun claims only wanted to make “two specials instead of a long run”.

His tweets would firmly suggest otherwise.

Steven Moffat is currently working on the new series of Sherlock, also for the BBC.

Doctor Who is currently in the middle of a mid-season break and will return to screens later in the year.