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.
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.