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New Season of 'Doctor Who' Encounters Time Delay

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2011 4:00PM
After the current season of 'Doctor Who' wraps up Oct. 1, settle into your time machine for a good long wait for the Doctor's return.

The next season of the sci-fi show won't air in the UK until fall 2012, according to the Doctor Who Magazine, a reliable source for all things TARDIS-related. And given that BBC America, 'Doctor Who's' American network, has followed the UK airing pattern of the show very closely, it stands to reason that we'll have to wait about a year for the next season as well.

We don't have the new issue of the Doctor Who Magazine, which came out today, but Doctor Who TV, a UK fan site, does have a copy and said the the magazine "officially confirmed" the fall 2012 return of the show.

According to the site, production on the next season of the show gets underway in February, which means the most we could hope for is (and this is a big, unconfirmed maybe) an Easter special. Regardless of whether we get a special then, the regular season will begin in the fall.

Doctor Who TV speculates that the BBC will likely split the next season in to two parts, with half airing in the fall and half in the spring of 2013, the year that 'Doctor Who' celebrates its 50th anniversary. Given that the current season was split in two (in both the U.S. and the U.K.), that reasoning makes sense to me. If we get further information or confirmation from BBC America about time frames for the next season of the show, we'll be sure to append it to this post.

Update: Regarding the next season of the show, a BBC America spokesman said that "14 episodes will start filming and airing in 2012, but when and how they'll play out is to be determined."

Well, we still have the return of the Doctor's roommate to look forward to in the Sept. 24 episode of the show, another River Song adventure in the season finale, and a Christmas special with all the bells and whistles coming at the end of this year.

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