BBC forced to react to fan fury over split Who S7 + 50th specials

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Feb 11, 2013, 9:33 AM EST

Do you hate the fact that season seven of Doctor Who was split in two? Do you also happen to think that only one 60-minute special is not enough to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the longest-running sci-fi shows in TV history?

Well, you’re not alone, and the BBC has decided to address the fans’ general unhappiness at what is being planned to celebrate Who’s 50th.

Patrick McManus from BBC Complaints responded by saying:

“Thanks for your contact regarding Doctor Who broadcast on BBC One.
I understand that you are feel there are insufficient programmes planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the series.I also note that you are unhappy with the way in which series 7 has been split into two parts.
Whilst I appreciate your concerns, we haven’t announced what we have planned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who yet, but we would like to assure you that fans won’t be disappointed.
Additionally, please note that the decision to schedule series 7 in two parts was a creative one and we’re sorry you are unhappy about this.
Nevertheless, please be assured that I’ve registered your comments regarding this issue to our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback made available throughout the BBC, including to the producers of Doctor Who, as well as members of senior management.
The audience logs help to shape future decisions regarding BBC programming and output.
Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Does that mean that there will be more than the one 60-minute special Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has previously hinted at? There were rumors and rumblings earlier on that there would be more than one special before Moffat and a BBC Worldwide banner more or less shot those down.

We've got to say, this is all getting very confusing, and we'd really appreciate it if the BBC just came out and announced what they were actually planning — and we’re not talking about the Mark Gatiss Who documentary An Adventure in Space and Time here.

So do you think that the BBC is only telling us that the one special will be more than worth it? Were you also unhappy about season seven being split in two and the apparent lack of chock-full celebration specials for Doctor Who’s 50th?

(via Doctor Who TV)