From the BBC Press Office:

The BBC and Steven Moffat have announced today that the transmission of the next series of Doctor Who, in 2011, will be split into two blocks, transmitting in spring and autumn.

The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens. Steven Moffat said: “The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!”

ETA: At the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival today, Steven Moffat stated that there would be seven episodes starting at Easter with the remaining six airing in the Autumn. He also referred to this split as “Series 6” and “Series 7”, see him talk about it HERE.


  1. Stupid idea…

    Does he really think we'll be waiting, "on the edge of [our] seats" 'till June to September?

    And all of this for his only pleasure to give us a mid-season cliffhanger?

    Tsss, Moffat, do you want a really good idea? Stop being selfish and think more about Doctor Who's fans…

  2. From a behind-the-scenes perspective, it is most likely to either allow the show to ease into a permanent autumn slot for series 7 for whatever reason, or to allow Moffat to juggle Sherlock and who at once BKNK – as opposed to Moffat just playing with a good formula. I think the cliffhanger is just an icing on the cake coming out of something based on production (and perhaps ratings if they still care that much) more than anything.

  3. Is it still going to be 13 epis or is the show going to get lengthened with two seasons?

    That makes it more like American TV, of course it also makes for more potpoiler episodes, but I don't complain when I get more WHO!

  4. I think this is a great idea. Doctor Who to look forward to all year round, without one big splurge in the spring and then nothing until Christmas.

    BKNK – I don't see how this is selfish. It's a different transmission format that will keep the show fresh. I think you may need to go out and aquire a little perspective. It may be our favourite TV show… but it is only a TV show.

    This is likely to extend the life of the show and keep things fresh. It'll certainly keep The Doctor in the general public's minds throughout the year.

    Plus, we get the second half of the series when the nights are drawing in.

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  6. So I make that

    Series 6-1 = 23 April to 4 June

    Series 6-2/7 = 4 September to 9 October

    which probably still won't satisfy the 'winter fetishists'


  7. seems a good idea as they are always pushed to complete the series, the split is a good idea for the production team giving them some time to get things right, I always though the whole 13 episodes were kind of rushed in the whole year not to mention the christmas special, I just hope it works out.

    The Doctor…

  8. Maybe the Eleventh doctor will regenerate half way through the series but will have to wait till autumn to see who it is? i hope not cause i love Matt and his incarnation of the doctor

  9. I can't be the only one who thinks that maybe the break has to do with avoiding running simultaneously with the new Torchwood series.


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