Steven Moffat reveals we'll have to wait a LONG time for new Who

Steven Moffat has just confirmed that—after the upcoming Christmas special, of course—there won't be any fresh new episodes of Doctor Who on TV until the *gasp* autumn of 2012!

We all suspected the announcement was coming ... but there it is.

The Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner wrote about the plans to move the long-running sci-fi series to the fall of next year in Doctor Who Magazine:

"Doctor Who in the summer? All that running down tunnels, with torches, and the sunlight streaming through your windows and bleaching out the screen? All those barbecues and children playing outside, while on the telly there are green monsters seething in their CGI-enhanced lairs? It's just not right is it? Be honest.

"For me, as a kid, when the afternoon got darker and there was a thrill of cold in the air, I knew that even though summer was over, the TARDIS was coming back! So yes, that's part of the plan, that's part of the reason for this little delay. But it's not the whole story."

Since the series' return in 2005 under former showrunner Russell T Davies, Doctor Who always had a spring premiere. It's only with the recent season six, whose run was split in two (a decision that bewildered and angered many Who fans—and, we believe, somewhat killed the momentum the series had built with the first seven episodes), that Doctor Who finished its most recent run in the fall.

So you'd better crack open those Doctor Who DVDs and Blu-rays, because they'll be the only things keeping us sane helping all us Whovians endure the long and painful months of waiting for brand-new timey-wimey adventures with the Doctor (Matt Smith) in his TARDIS.

Are you disappointed we'll have to wait longer than usual for new episodes of Doctor Who?

Doctor Who returns (briefly) on Christmas Day with ''The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.''

(via Digital Spy)

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