Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has confirmed that the show will be moving to the autumn.
The sci-fi show has traditionally returned every spring since its revival in 2005, but with no new episodes in production, speculation has been rife about what form it will come back in next year.
Now, writing in Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat has confirmed that the show will not be back for new episodes until the autumn. He wrote: “Doctor Who in the summer? All that running down tunnels, with torches, and the sunlight streaming through your windows and bleaching out the screen? All those barbecues and children playing outside, while on the telly there are green monsters seething in their CGI-enhanced lairs? It’s just not right is it? Be honest.
“For me, as a kid, when the afternoon got darker and there was a thrill of cold in the air, I knew that even though summer was over, the TARDIS was coming back! So yes, that’s part of the plan, that’s part of the reason for this little delay. But it’s not the whole story.”
Moffat also explained how plans for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013 are already underway, and that has also contributed to the gap: “What, in the end, does an anniversary matter, as many a loving spouse has had occasion to ask while bravely attempting to dodge shoes. But a big old anniversary is coming, for all of us, isn’t it? Be assured planning has already started. Very soon now, Doctor Who is going to enter production for the longest sustained period we’ve ever attempted, and the biggest and best and maddest time ever to be a fan of this wonderful old show is rumbling towards us.”
Moffat concluded: “And yes, you got me. We needed a little more time to prepare for everything we’ve got planned. That, above all, is why we needed this little gap. Just be a tiny bit patient, and trust me, we’ll make it up to you. For full and comprehensive details of the spectacle to come, consult your fondest memories in a couple of years time.”
Doctor Who will return next month for the Christmas special, entitled The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe.