Steven Moffat and the BBC announced today that next year’s series of Doctor Who will be split into two blocks as opposed to the 13-episode spring/summer block that has been used for the past five series.
Series 6 will be comprised of seven episodes and will air in the spring of 2011 and will include a ‘earth-shattering’ cliffhanger that will change everything for the Doctor and his companions. Series 7 will then air a few months later in the autumn. Following the conclusion of the 7th series will be another christmas special.
The official statement:
The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.
Steven Moffat said: “The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!”
Also it should be added that a second series of Steven Moffat’s recent Sherlock series has been comissioned for broadcast in the fall of 2011. Add the new Torchwood series into the mix and it becomes clear that 2011 will be a golden year for British television.
Filming on Series 6 of Doctor Who begins next week in the UK.
Update 1/11/11: The 2011 episodes of Doctor Who will all be a part of Series 6 despite intitial statements causing some confusion as to whether or not the spring episodes would be ‘Series 6’ and the fall episodes would be ‘Series 7’. As most Brtish programs are 6 to 8 episodes in length, Doctor Who is one of the longer exceptions.
From Blogtor Who.