While we recently told you the great news that Doctor Who and Matt Smith were definitely coming back for a 14-episode seventh season, the BBC was keeping quite mum on the details as to exactly when—and how—the episodes would air.
Would they split the season in two as they're doing now with season six? Would they do a regular season? Now we have the sad, sad answer.
The news came from BBC One controller Danny Cohen, at the Church and Media Conference, that the beloved sci-fi series would not be back as a full-length series in 2012.
BBC Meyerside Religious Editor Wayne Clark, who was at the conference, tweeted the news that "Danny Cohen says there won't be a full series of Doctor Who in 2012, but a special run for the anniversary in 2013."
It was then confirmed by BBC reporter Lizo Mzimba, who wrote a series of tweets following the announcement:
"Bit of confusion, to summarise: no FULL 13 episode series of Dr Who in 2012. So some episodes will still go out in 2012. Remainder in 2013."
"No further details about what more's happening in 2013 yet. But it's the 50th anniversary, so of course there will be some great stuff!"
"Don't know how many 2012 eps or what time of year they'll be broadcast. Just what Danny Cohen said earlier which was no FULL series in 2012."
"No idea yet how many episodes in total in 2013. But, hey, it's still two years away."
Well, there you have it, everyone. The announcement feels like a bucket of icy cold water was just thrown in our faces.
Seems like the BBC is rather enjoying making Doctor Who fans suffer. Not only do we have to endure a midseason break this year (which now feels like the BBC was really testing the waters with this format more than anything else), but next year will see even less of the Time Lord's adventures with his companions (whoever they may be) in his TARDIS.
What do you think of this news? Are you as much bummed as we are about the fact that we're getting less Doctor Who in 2012? Do you think the upcoming 50th anniversary of the series in 2013 justifies this move? Think it has a lot to do with BBC budgets? Or is it simply a dastardly plan concocted by the Doctor's evil (and numerous) enemies?
(via Digital Spy)