Steven Moffat denies Doctor Who is being cut down

Steven MoffatSteven Moffat has denied reports that Doctor Who’s episode count is being reduced.

Earlier this Summer the BBC officially renewed Doctor Who for a seventh season but it later emerged, or at least was suggested, that not all the episodes would air in 2012 – the BBC would hold back some for 2013, the 50th anniversary year. Initially it was reported this was because of Moffat’s commitments to fellow BBC One drama Sherlock something denied by Moffat himself.

In a new interview with The Daily Beast the showrunner has denied rumours that Doctor Who is facing cut backs in the number of episodes and insisted episodes of the sci-fi series will air next year.

“First of all, we are airing in 2012,” he insisted. “The only thing that’s happening is that we’re moving a bit later. There’s lots of reasons for that that will become clear quite soon…..”It is certainly not a reduced episode count,…Do you think the BBC would really let that happen? With an average audience of 10 million?” – Steven Moffat speaking to The Daily Best.

Moffat also insisted that Doctor Who has “never been more successful“. Following news of a seventh season stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill confirmed they would all return though a question mark remains over how many episodes Gillan and Darvill will appear in. There are some suggestions that there characters of Rory and Amy will only feature in a few episodes.

Doctor Who: Let’s Kill Hitler, Saturday on BBC One at 7.10pm.

Related News:

Final two Doctor Who episode titles revealed >>

Fifth HUGO win for Doctor Who >>

Torchwood: The Middle Men ratings >>