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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: two-parter 2011 series to feature midseason “game-changing cliffhanger”

I suppose Steven Moffat is always on the lookout for a new way to shake up Doctor Who, because his plans for 2011 are big. From the Guardian:

The new series of Doctor Who will be split into two for the first time, with its showrunner, Steven Moffat, promising the show’s biggest ever cliffhanger – “an earth-shattering climax”.

Next year’s 13-part series, the sixth since Doctor Who returned in 2005, will run for seven episodes and then return in the autumn for another six.

Moffat said the Easter “mid-season finale” would be a “game-changing cliffhanger”.

Commence speculation on what that game-changing cliffhanger will consist of. A negation of the Time War and the return of Gallifrey? The for-real irreversible death of a companion?

More from Moffat, quoted in the Guardian:

“What I love about this idea is that when kids see Doctor Who go off the air, they will be noticeably taller when it comes back. It’s an age for children. With an Easter series, an autumn series and a Christmas special, you are never going to be more than few months from the new series of Doctor Who.

“Tart that I am, we will now have two first nights and two finales, twice as many event episodes as we had before.”

Does that mean every episode is going to feature the Daleks and the Cybermen and every other old alien Moffat can dredge up? (I hope not. Some new aliens, please.)

Oh, and this:

Discussing his future, Moffat said he would not be leaving the show “for a while yet”.

Nicely noncommittal. As is this related “news,” from the Express:

DESPITE reports that he was set to leave Doctor Who after just one more series, Day & Night can exclusively reveal that Matt Smith is to stay on until the show’s 50th anniversary in three years.

BBC insiders now say moves are afoot to sign up the actor, 27, until 2013.

Except:

A spokeswoman for the show says: “From Matt’s point of view he’s loving playing the part and has no plans to quit. We aren’t in a position to provide a comment as to whether he’ll be playing the part in 2013.”

No news is the news when it comes to the British press and Doctor Who, it seems. *sigh*

(Thanks to readers Erika, Keith, and Steve for the links. If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)



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