The adventures of Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor will continue another year. The BBC has renewed the hit series Doctor Who for a seventh season, which will continue to be led by the flop-haired bow-tie booster recently visible in the season 6 stories airing on BBC America.
Matt Smith as the Doctor in season 6 of Doctor Who.
In the American fashion, season 6 was chopped in two, with half airing now, in the spring, and half in the fall, in an overt attempt to add interest to the show by imposing two season "finales" on us. But everything we know about season 7 has come to us in the form of two Twitter posts, which, given their 140-character limit, did not go into details about the broadcast schedule for 2012. So we do not know whether season 7 will air in the spring, the fall, or both.
(Those Tweets, in case you're wondering, are as follows. From BBC exec Sam Hodges: "#DoctorWho is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor #bbc1." From executive producer Steven Moffat: "14 eps Matt DEFINITELY. I've got a plan and I'm NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS." Thanks, Steven!)
The count of 14 refers to the current schema of 13 regular episodes plus a Christmas special.
The continuation of Smith in the role is no surprise: the star has not been as coy about his willingness to continue in the role as predecessor David Tennant, and it's generally assumed that Moffat hopes to keep Smith in the role through the show's 50th anniversary year of 2013.
No word on companions for season 7, but John Barrowman revealed in an interview that the possibility of a guest appearance by Captain Jack has been at least broached. "I've always said that if I'm asked to go back to Doctor Who, I'll go at the drop of a hat," Barrowman told Zap2it. "That's where Captain Jack got his beginnings. And it's already been discussed." Jack last appeared on Who, briefly, in the closer to Tennant's last story, "The End of Time"; his last extensive appearance was in the 2008 season 4 finale--along with literally everyone else from the show. So a more meaty Who story for Jack, along the lines of his appearance in "The Sound of Drums" in 2007, is overdue.
Incidentally, Moffat was asked via Twitter what would happen in Jack and River Song met. His response? "He'd say, 'Who are you?' She'd whisper in his ear. He'd go white and salute." A fun visual, but it also goes to show that when it comes to the men in Doctor Who, that River Song is one heck of a Mary Sue.
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