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Steven Moffat Confirms There Will Be A Full Series Of Doctor Who in 2016

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There has been a lot of speculation over the future of Doctor Who lately, with a general critical acclaim for series nine balanced against failing ratings (putting it up against the Rugby World Cup will do that) and a 'story' from Private Eye claiming that the next series will be split over two years, like series seven / 33. There has even been rumours that the BBC were looking at feature-length installments (to support Moffat's Sherlock series four schedule) and would be doing away with Peter Capaldi in favour of young blood like Game Of Throne's Richard Madden.

In fact, the only thing we've known for certain is that Jenna Coleman will be gone by the end of the current series to play young Victoria and Peter Capaldi is contracted for at least one more year.

Now Steven Moffat has debunked those rumours to The Radio Times "We’re making a full series. I can confirm that," said Moffat. "I’m making a full series of 12 episodes, plus a Christmas special. I don’t know when it goes out. That’s up to someone else. And even if I did know – which I genuinely don’t – I wouldn’t be allowed to say so as I have absolutely no say in it whatsoever."

Moffat then added "[But] it’s not being reduced in size. We’re not making fewer episodes. That’s all complete bunk. I can confirm that absolutely."

He also recently confirmed that Doctor Who will run for at least five series, having seen the BBC's business plan, calling the show "television's own legend."

So there you have it. Unless the BBC make a U turn on Steven Moffat's claims, we've got plenty more Doctor Who still to come. And if it maintains the quality of series nine, that's a wonderful thing indeed.

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 15:36:00

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The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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