When it was announced that the latest season of the BBC's Doctor Who would be split up into two mini-seasons, the news got some fans worrying that it could be the first step toward phasing out the series. Well, Who showrunner Steven Moffat has now officially responded to the rumors. What'd he have to say?
Moffat says those rumblings are pretty much crazy, and noted that global popularity makes the series extremely profitable—despite a slight dip in the U.K. ratings. So, basically, the BBC would have to be nuts to cancel it.
"It's a huge money-spinner. It's doing better than ever abroad—the global number of people watching Doctor Who has just gone up and up and up. It was the most downloaded show on American iTunes last year, so [there's] not a chance of the BBC giving up on Doctor Who."Though it seems odd to think the BBC could put the historically beloved sci-fi series on the shelf, it did happen in 1989 amid declining ratings, and British television is notorious for shorter runs than in the U.S.
So, it's nice to know that Moffat has complete faith that The Doctor will be rocking around the universe for years to come.
As for the decision to split the seventh series into two parts? Moffat says they are only trying to mix things up a bit scheduling-wise, not sneakily trimming episodes from the order.
"We're just splitting it over Christmas, we're making the same number of episodes as usual. We delayed it a few months to start it later in the year, that's all that's happened."Sound off: Would you like to see the modern-day version of Who continue for another decade or two?