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Amber Avenger72 posts since 15 Jun 2017
Granada North West Today
They were refusing to comment on the length of Jodie's tenure since before the start of the series, and they haven't given much away generally, so their lack of response to the speculation is not really unusual.


Exactly - when have they ever commented on when the current Doctor may or may not be leaving?

I remember one of the more recent Doctors commenting that pretty much from the day they were announced they were being asked almost daily "Yeah, but when are you leaving?". All they can say is something non-committal, because that's the way it is.
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TROGGLES1,151 posts since 3 Sep 2005
London London
Given that Doctor Who has a very large budget (in BBC terms) & is a privileged production with dedicated studios, the fact that the production team says it cannot produce 13 episode a year is laughable. Any producer saying that to BBC management should be out the door immediately.
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Whataday10,110 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Given that Doctor Who has a very large budget (in BBC terms) & is a privileged production with dedicated studios, the fact that the production team says it cannot produce 13 episode a year is laughable. Any producer saying that to BBC management should be out the door immediately.


That's not the case though is it, and I'm not sure why you would (deliberately?) draw that assumption and state it as fact..

Production on series 12 has been scheduled to start a couple of months later than series 11, and therefore the series will air a couple of months later than the previous series.

The production start date for 12 has been known since filming was still taking place for 11, and it is believed that the BBC were pondering whether to run it in January or delay it until Autumn. Clearly they want to built on the momentum by screening it as soon as they can.

Considering there are now four cast members travelling in the Tardis each week, it's sensible to assume that other filming commitments have forced this schedule (I suspect Walsh in particular, perhaps Whittaker also).
Steve Williams2,807 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I remember one of the more recent Doctors commenting that pretty much from the day they were announced they were being asked almost daily "Yeah, but when are you leaving?". All they can say is something non-committal, because that's the way it is.


It reminds me a bit of when some tabloid showbiz hack, in the News of the World or the Mirror or something, ran an "exclusive" that the Spice Girls were splitting up, and every time after that they released records or went on tour or anything like that, they would say "The Spice Girls, who I exclusively revealed are splitting up", and this went on for months and months, maybe even years. I mean, they were going to be right eventually.

That's a bit of an oversimplification, if you look at two of the biggest dramas in the world over on Netflix in Stranger Things and The Crown, both have had no new episodes in 2018 despite a far higher budget. Money does not solve all woes.


Well, yes, and I don't really know why we have to have a new series of Doctor Who every year regular as clockwork anyway - no other drama works like that these days. The new series of Luther is the first one for three years, Doc Martin usually appears every other year, and virtually every other drama on TV is broadcast when it's ready. It used to be the case in the seventies and eighties that dramas would appear at the same time every year, but no longer.

The suggestion is that if they wait too long the kids forget about it, but surely they just watch all the old ones over and over again? That's what they do with Harry Potter films and Star Wars and the like.

Rather good Doctor Who episodes when they're ready then some rubbish episodes they'd had to rush just because of the idea there has to be a new series every year.
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mr_vivian1,077 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
I'm disappointed to say I've lost interest in Doctor Who. It has nothing to do with Jodie being female and has everything to do with poor scripts.

There seems to be a big reliance on special effects.

The first episode of this series was fantastic and since then it has been flatlining.

It's a shame because I don't think it's Jodie's fault - I think whoever would get the job would have little to work with.
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