New Season Of 'Doctor Who' Being Split Into Two

Steven Moffat recently revealed at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that the next season of Doctor Who is going to be split in two. The 13-episode season will features 7-episodes in the spring and 6-episodes in the fall.

According to io9, Moffat said the split would be between two distinct stories with no annoying cliffhanger type scenario:

Looking at the next series I thought what this show needs is a big event in the middle […] I kept referring to a mid-season finale. So we are going to make it two series – seven episodes at Easter building to an earth-shattering climax, a cliffhanger we could never normally do because it would be too long before it came back. An enormous game-changing cliffhanger that will change everything. The wrong expression would be to say we are splitting it in two. We are making it two separate series […] With an Easter series, an autumn series and a Christmas special, you are never going to be more than few months from the new series of Doctor Who […] Tart that I am, we will now have two first nights and two finales, twice as many event episodes as we had before.

Moffat talked about the shows budget as well, stating:  “I don’t understand numbers. It’s a decent budget. I beg for money and more rubber green people and eventually they say OK, you can have a third rubber green person.”

He also talked about the possibility of finally seeing the Doctress:

I think about it sometimes and maybe it will happen someday. It wouldn’t have been right this time […] A woman can play the part. You have to remember the single most important thing about regeneration is you must convince the audience and the children that’s it’s not a new man, it’s not a different man, it’s the same one. It’s a bigger ask if you turn him into a woman.

[Via The Guardian]

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