Doctor Who has been a bit scarce recently. The long-running British sci-fi series only aired six episodes last year (counting the Christmas special), and only nine episodes (counting a 50th anniversary special) are currently planned for 2013. This hasn’t sat well with some fans of the series, who have been contacting the BBC, demanding more of their favourite series and voicing their complaints about its scheduling.
According to DoctorWhoTV, the BBC responded to one such complaint as follows: “Thanks for your contact regarding ‘Doctor Who’ broadcast on BBC One. I understand that you are feel there are insufficient programmes planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the series (two at last count, one of which is just a special episode within what’s left of Season 7). I also note that you are unhappy with the way in which series 7 has been split into two parts. Whilst I appreciate your concerns, we haven’t announced what we have planned to mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ yet, but we would like to assure you that fans won’t be disappointed (series 7’s split is an entirely separate issue to 50th Anniversary celebration, way to deflect BBC). Additionally, please note that the decision to schedule series 7 in two parts was a creative one (that is to say: “Stephen Moffat can’t plot a season arc and has run out of ideas despite that fact that the Doctor lives in a box that can TAKE HIM ANYWHERE IN SPACE AND TIME. The entirely of creation is before Moffat and he can’t move beyond plucky girls engaged in earth-based shenanigans”) and we’re sorry you are unhappy about this (that is to say: “We don’t give a fuck”).”
It’s essentially a “Sorry, but we’re not sorry,” response. Sure, there’s been a bit of a ‘Who’ shortage recently, but showrunner Steven Moffat has long been vocal about why that is: it’s to keep Doctor Who from becoming a predictable institution, which will lead to stagnation. Whether or not he’s right remains to be seen, but his motivation is at least respectable. (Fuck off, no it isn’t. As showrunner he is charged with maintaining the show’s engagement with audiences via the craft of storytelling, of which he is a supposed professional. If he can’t do that its time to get someone who can. Moffat, if you want short seasons just stick to making Sherlock).
BBC’s response also indicates that we might be seeing a little bit more new Who for the show’s 50th Anniversary — more than we’ve currently been told that we’re getting, anyway. I have strong doubts that the series will short-change such a massive event as a 50th anniversary, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a two-part special or something even more massive (bless your optimistic little cotton socks!). It looks like we’re just going to have to stay tuned.
(BBC’s response also indicates that they’ve received such a high volume of complaints that it warranted a response. Seriously, when have you ever seen the Beeb have to respond like this to complaints about an innocuous Saturday night family show? Doctor Who is srs bzns BBC, we want it formatted back the way it was!)
Doctor Who will return on March 30 with the midseries premiere “Phantom of the Hex.”
Source: TV Rage, with butthurt commentary by Neon Disease…