The saga regarding Doctor Who's seventh season has been ongoing and terrifying for fans of the good Doc. Thankfully, both Steven Moffat and Matt Smith have gone on record, once again, to say that we'll have a full season coming in 2012—we're just going to have to wait a little longer to get there.
When asked if budget concerns would lead to a shortened season next year, Moffat responded quite adamantly to the contrary, saying, "Absolute nonsense. First of all, we are airing in 2012. The only thing that's happening is that we're moving a bit later. There's lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon. It is certainly not a reduced episode count. Do you think the BBC would really let that happen? With an average audience of 10 million? ... Doctor Who's international profile is huge. It's never been more successful. You're not going to reduce a show like this. The opposite is going to happen, in fact."
Matt Smith, too, has recently confirmed that he will return for 14 additional episodes, saying, "I'll shoot 14. It'll be the whole thing—a Christmas special and, yeah, a 13-episode series."
It's sometimes hard to distinguish the fact from the fiction. Depending on the moment and whom you ask, the situation with Doctor Who's future, much like its titular character, seems to change from day to day. After all, many of the actors are going on to other projects, and rumors have abounded as to whether the Ponds would return next year. But the optimist in us is happy to accept the idea that the story is merely being delayed and not reduced.