We’re currently halfway through a series of Doctor Who, and on a summer break after finally learning who River Song is. The remainder of the series will return in the autumn, apparently with an episode called, “Let’s kill Hitler”. But what about when the series has ended? Is there another in the pipeline? Yes, the BBC has announced the commissioning of another fourteen episodes of Doctor Who, with Matt Smith returning as The Doctor. Sam Hodges, head of communications for BBC One, fiction and daytime, tweeted the below:
Followed by the current series’ head writer Steven Moffat:
14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun.#formaqueue
Now, if I’m honest, this wasn’t much of a news flash as Doctor Who is one of the BBC’s big success stories. Barring some strange goings on within the Beeb it was pretty much a given that there would be a new series… perhaps a small chance that there might be a new Doctor. However, Private Eye has been reporting that there have been major ructions within BBC Wales, with the main cast members looking for alternative roles, and that there would only be four specials next year instead of the usual series.
Well, it no longer looks that way with these two tweets being taken as the official nod from the BBC and writer.
I am, of course, happy that there will be more Who next year, but on reflection I think the most interesting aspect of this story is how Twitter is being used to get news out quickly. OK, that’s nothing new, but it’s not that long ago you would have expected a full press release. Perhaps even a reference to the press release in the Tweets, if you wanted to combine the two. But no, we now have comments from two people, clearly in the know, just sort of throwing the information out there.
That’s great! We get to know what’s happening much sooner than if someone had to craft a finely honed article, and there’s even the opportunity to respond to the tweets and ask questions, make suggestions, or whatever else you want to say.
And there’s more Doctor Who on the way.