You may have noticed Saturday evenings are missing something and no it’s not Britain’s Got Talent – it’s Doctor Who. Since Doctor Who was revived in 2005 the BBC sci-fi series has aired on Saturday evenings from Easter onwards usually reaching its series finale in early Summer.
This year though Doctor Who is absent from Saturday evenings as it has been delayed until the Autumn. In an interview with Digital Spy the sci-fi’s showrunner, Steven Moffat, has explained why Doctor Who will air in the Autumn this year instead of its traditional Spring slot.
I’ve always been open to anything that shakes [the series] up. I think that decision actually came from the BBC. But I’ve been well up for anything that we can do to shake up the transmission pattern, the way we deliver it to the audience and how long we make the audience wait, simply because that makes Doctor Who an event piece. The more Doctor Who becomes a perennial, the faster it starts to die. You’ve got to shake it up, you’ve got to keep people on edge and wondering when it will come back. – Steven Moffat speaking to Digital Spy
When Doctor Who does return in the Autumn it will be for five episodes only the fifth episode writing out current companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill). The second half of the seventh season will air in 2013 following the Christmas Special which will introduce actress Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new series regular. 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who; an event highly anticipated by fans.
When Digital Spy asked whether plans for the 50th anniversary were already underway Moffat was coy merely teasing “Yes, they are. I had a meeting about that earlier in the week!”