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What’s in store for ‘Doctor Who’ in 2013 and will season 8 be delayed until 2014?


I think its becoming clear now that the 8th season of Doctor Who will not begin airing until sometime in 2014.

Speculation is all I have, because like any media company in the age of Facebook and Twitter -along with all other social outlets- they no longer can commit to anything. And do they really have too? I mean folks like me and others keeping posting story after story about our favorite shows and movies fates, which makes us, in the end, the best marketing tool the networks and the studios don’t have to pay for. At times, it’s very frustrating not getting a clear answer. Part of the reason I think they avoid setting things on paper has to do with money and how dividends are given out. The other may be they just don’t know, as we’ve seen short-term profit making is more important than planning ahead for the future. Sure we got studios announcing movie releases as far out as 2015, but when it comes to talking about them story wise, they suddenly become like a scared child surrounded in a forest of adults all wanting to pinch their cheeks.

As much as I like Steven Moffat, he comes across as either a company man or just clever enough to get what he wants by playing the political game of brinkmanship with the always cash strapped BBC. While he seems focused on the balance of the split season of year seven, all talk about how season eight will unwind are dismissed -mostly by not saying anything. Even the BBC won’t commit to telling anyone exactly when the back 8 of season seven airs, though now speculation runs we’ll not see them until April.

So what we get is him telling us that like the five previous fall stories, the remaining will resemble them -insomuch that they are cinema quality stories: “We’re back at the movie posters thing. No two-parters, so they’re all standalone stories. And they are all huge – there isn’t the budget-saver episode. I don’t know how we’ve done this. Possibly we’ll find out at the end when we’ll have no money left and will have to go to prison…”

It’s interesting he makes lite of the financial comment. While the show does generate a lot of money for the BBC -more in merchandising and video releases than the actual aired episodes, and it took them forever to figure that out- they are still publicly funded which means the costs still need to be kept down.It’s a fine line really, because the show has no share holders, per se, it’s not beholden to people who might take issues with its story content. However, if it was a commercial product, it could be forced to lose some of the best aspects that have made the franchise survive this long (and I realize there are critics out there who claim the show has already lost all its “Britishisness” due to the global market is now shares).

The question on how the 2013 anniversary year shakes out will not be really confirmed beyond the final eight episodes of this current season. They’ll now air in April and May. In April, production begins on whatever they’re planning for the 50th birthday of Doctor Who in November of 2013, be it a feature length episode like the 20th Anniversary story The Five Doctors or…what? We also know that series writer Mark Gatiss wrote a TV movie dramatizing the history of series beginnings. That too will air in November. Then there is the 2013 Christmas episode, which Matt Smith recently said “he hopes” to be a part of. And then another bunch of months with no new Who.

So basically, depending on your point of view, we only get 2 new shows produced in 2013, which means that season eight will probably not start until the fall of 2014, leaving another long, sometimes frustrating, nine months of no new episodes. And the odds are, Matt Smith will probably leave the show, giving us Doctor number twelve for season 8 (which is fine, because I’ve been watching the show for 32 years, and while its always odd when the change Doctors, I’m fine with the concept and the need to do it).

Here’s, also, what Moffat says about those eight stories for 2013:

“We have Doctor Who taking on the modern urban thriller, which is not very much like anyone else’s modern urban thriller! We’ve got your base-under-siege story in a new way. We’ve  gone all-out to give you a fantastic alien planet, which is looking absolutely amazing. We’ve got a cracking ghost story, a really cracking ghost story. We’ve got Neil Gaiman doing the Cybermen – part of the impulse there was to say ‘Have we fully exploited the creepy factor of the Cybermen yet?’ I thought Neil would be a good match for that. You’re going to see ‘Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS’, with more of the TARDIS than you’ve ever seen before. We’ve got Diana Rigg and junior Diana Rigg in an absolutely mental story by Mark Gatiss – all period drama will pale next to this monstrosity of nonsense! It’s absolutely glorious. You’ll watch other period dramas and say ‘When are they going to do the scary bit?’ And then there’s the finale, which has got some serious fanboy-pleasing going on in it. My aim for it – which I’m about to humiliate myself at the tone meeting by saying – is to have slightly more than you think could possibly happen in one episode. Slightly more treats than you think you could be allowed…”

I like what he’s doing, and in some way it’s the fan in me who wants more, and quickly. But maybe, in the end, to keep the free promotional marketing that people like me give the series, its what makes it so “must watch” when it finally airs.

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