Hi there! You may think today is Saturday…unless you’re reading this on a different day so I can’t help what you’re thinking. I think I lost control of that sentence.
Let me come in again.
And it seems that I am right.
*Actually some of the tabloids have been painting a different, more dire picture but I think it's just a matter of semantics. More on that later in the post.
Now while I'm referring to Series 10 being split, some of the tabloids have been reporting Series 10 as being "reduced" or "cut in half". Here's what Steven Moffat said about that.
Let's look at part of the text from the Radio Times post:
"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."
Now I think the key here that the Moff stresses he's working on a 12 episode series plus a Christmas special. I think where the tabloids are blowing things out of proportion is saying that the next season is being cut short or in half. I still think we won't see a FULL series in 2016 but there will be a complete series spread out over two years. Note the Moff's caveat here: "I don’t know when it goes out. That’s up to someone else."
So I think Moffat is being coy with us. There's just too much stuff coming together that makes sense for there to not be some kind of change in Doctor Who's production schedule to make those 12 episodes and a special.
The last time there was a split schedule (Series 7), it played out as two separate productions with a change in opening theme music, graphics, redesigned TARDIS, a new outfit for the Doctor and a new companion popping up in the middle. But the powers that be elected to call the whole shebang Series 7.
It's all semantics. Whether you see it has Series 10 being reduced in 2016 or Series 10 being the same size but spread over two years, it all means the same thing: less Doctor Who in 2016 and 2017. We probably won't get anything out of Steven Moffat on this subject until at least after Series 9 has finished airing.