New Doctor Who series to air in autumn 2012

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 September 2011
The Doctor with his companions

Matt Smith

The next series of 'Doctor Who' is set to air in autumn 2012 - in a bid to help BBC One battle 'The X Factor'

The next series of 'Doctor Who' is set to air in autumn 2012 - in a bid to help BBC One battle 'The X Factor'.

Confusion has surrounded when the sci-fi show - which stars Matt Smith as the Time Lord - will return next year following BBC One controller Danny Cohen's announcement there would not be a full run of episodes in 2012.

Although speculation has been rife the 14 shows would be split across two years, shooting on Series 7 will commence in February and the programme will then return to screens in the autumn as the BBC look to strengthen their schedule against ITV's hit pop star search show.

A source told BANG Showbiz: "We are shooting this year's Christmas special now and then after Christmas we have a few months off until we go into it again.

"Shooting starts in February and then we shoot for six months and the show will return in the autumn."

Series 6 was split into two halves with seven episodes airing in spring and six being screened in the autumn and bosses are happy with its new timeslot.

The source added: "We really can't wait to see what the final figures are like for the show in the autumn, it's the first time it's aired then since it came back. It makes the lead into the Christmas special more exciting. We're delighted with the figures for 'Doctor Who' and the iPlayer results are amazing."

Matt has also confirmed shooting will start in February and he has signed up for the full 14 episodes.

He said: "For me, I know that I'm going to shoot 14 episodes, of which I'll be in all of them. How they'll actually schedule it, I don't know. But all I know is that we start in February."

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