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BBC denies Private Eye claims that Doctor Who is in “chaos”

The new edition of Private Eye this week claims there is “chaos” at the BBC surrounding Doctor Who and suggests that the 2012 run of the series may consist of only four specials, as did the last year of David Tennant’s run.

The magazine claims there are “bad relationships” within the BBC about the decision and a lot of bad feeling surrounding the programme generally, across the BBC and among the production staff.

Private Eye’s Twitter feed for the issue trailed the magazine today with this: “So. Farewell then #Doctor_Who — full story on the chaos at the BBC (and in the Tardis) in the new issue of Private Eye.”

However, late today Sam Hodges, Head of Communications at the BBC, tweeted: “#DoctorWho is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor #bbc1″

The BBC have not confirmed if those 14 episodes have been commissioned for 2012 or 2013, as a Radio Times tweet has now deleted a reference to 2012 previously attached to these episodes.

Showrunner Steven Moffat failed to clarify matters regarding whether the episodes were for 2012 or not with his follow-up tweet: “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”

A BBC spokesman ended the day by confirming that 14 new episodes have been ordered, but that it was not yet known how many would be aired in 2012. “The new commission is a big commitment, not many other shows have such a commitment so far in advance. We do not know yet how many will air in 2012.”

Torchwood writer John Fay’s agents have claimed he has been commissioned to write an episode for a new series of Doctor Who, but there is no indication when this episode might be made.

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3 thoughts on “BBC denies Private Eye claims that Doctor Who is in “chaos”

  1. Here’s the general state of play regarding Doctor Who. My estimate: Final 14 will be Matt Smith’s wind-down and exit, and Moffat will go in apparent glory, but not really. http://tinyurl.com/3e2yqq6

    Posted by cashp | June 7, 2011, 7:54 pm
  2. Give it a rest. If I was Mr Moffat the speculation from CASHP would drive me insane. Unless it is informed, it is just an opinion, like anybody else’s. Do fans really care about the show – many of them seem to be unaware they are conspiring for it to fail.

    Posted by stevevolk | June 8, 2011, 2:06 pm

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