Doctor Who Season 10 Will Not Be Cut In Half

Update: Steven Moffat has approached the Radio Times with flat denial of the rumor. ““We’re making a full series. I can confirm that.” said Moffat. “I’m making a full series of 12 episodes, plus a Christmas special…I don’t know when it goes out. That’s up to someone else. And even if I did know – which I genuinely don’t – I wouldn’t be allowed to say so as I have absolutely no say in it whatsoever. [But] it’s not being reduced in size. We’re not making fewer episodes. That’s all complete bunk. I can confirm that absolutely.”

The original story is below:

Earlier this week, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat confirmed that Peter Capaldi would be back for the tenth season of the series in 2016. But there may be less of a tenth season than expected.

The Mirror is reporting that Capaldi requested a shortened six-episode season of Doctor Who in part so he would be free to direct a film based on The Dreamboys, a Glasgow punk band that included Capaldi and future talk show host Craig Ferguson. Additionally, Capaldi may direct episodes of HBO’s Veep for Armando Iannucci, who collaborated with Capaldi on The Thick of It.

There was a previous rumor that BBC would adopt the Sherlock model for Doctor Who’s tenth season, which would mean three 90 minute specials that would comprise the entire season. That particular rumor seems like an overreaction to slightly lower ratings for Doctor Who this season. The series remains an international hit, and Doctor Who is also extremely popular in the United States, making it one of BBC America’s top rated shows.

Related: Peter Capaldi Is Staying With Doctor Who For Season 10

Keep in mind, the latest Doctor Who rumor has not been confirmed by BBC. But even if it turns out to be true, Capaldi would likely appear in the Doctor Who 2016 Christmas special in addition to the six episodes of season 10. There is also the possibility that the tenth season could be split in two, just as Doctor Who was for its sixth and seventh seasons.

Doctor Who Season 9 continues this Saturday on BBC One and BBC America.

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