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Doctor Who Update: Honors and Schedules

By May 28, 2012

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Steven Moffat, awarded a special BAFTA for outstanding creative writing contribution to television t

Steven Moffat, awarded a special BAFTA for outstanding creative writing contribution to television this weekend.


Season 7 of Doctor Who will debut before long, but only five episodes of it--plus the annual Christmas special--will air in 2012.

The news came this week, and showrunner Steven Moffat said it was the BBC's idea, not his--though he's not terribly opposed to the two-part season as a way of keeping Who from being taken for granted. "I've been well up for anything that we can do to shake up the transmission pattern, the way we deliver it to the audience and how long we amok the audience wait, simply because that makes Doctor Who an event piece," he told Digital Spy.

But the split is partly enforced by the story arcs: Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play Amy and Rory, will be leaving in episode five, and the new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman will apparently bow in the Christmas episode.

And speaking of "event pieces," the flip side is that there will be that much more Who airing next year--the show's long awaited 50th anniversary year.

This week Moffat won the BAFTA outstanding creative writing contribution to television at the May 27 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards ceremony, on the strength of his many hit series, of which Sherlock and Doctor Who are only the most recent.

On being recognized, Moffat said: "Blimey! A Special Award! I didn't even know I was ill! So thrilled by this--especially after two years of Sherlock and Doctor Who, my two favourite shows ever. Of course the work, and the people I get to work with, has always been all the reward I need--a fact I'm very glad that BAFTA has disregarded."

Meanwhile Who star Matt Smith had a different sort of recognition--he carried the official Olympic flame through the Cardiff leg, near where Who is recorded. "I love the whole sense of the Olympics," Smith said. "I mean it's so early in the morning but there are so many people here with bunting and there's a great atmosphere and everything's so celebratory... I'm excited to be part of it!"
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