Some fans have felt that the 50th anniversary year has come up a little short in terms of the actual amount of Doctor Who episodes being broadcast, 10 in total by the end of 2013. The majority of which were remaining episodes from Series 7 held over from 2012.
However, there is some good news for the future at least. Moffat has confirmed that we can expect a full series for Peter Capaldi’s debut run next year.
In an interview with Broadcast, Moffat says they are committed to producing “at least” 13 episodes in 2014. Although, it is not clear if this includes the 2014 Christmas special or not. Earlier reports did suggest that Series 8 would be slightly reduced to 12 episodes as opposed to 13.
Speaking about the difficulty of juggling his current workload on the show Moffat said: “There’s always a point in production, usually half-way, maybe two thirds, through a series when you realise you’re juggling at least one aspect of each show at once: maybe a press launch for one, another in the edit and I might not have written the last one. You wake up in the night thinking about 13 emergencies, each of them equally calamitous. As a lifestyle choice, it’s questionable.”
He adds: “One of the hardest things for me to do is work out when I’ll have time to write. A whole week can disappear when I haven’t had a moment to sit down. I was amazed recently when I got a script ready in time for the tone meeting.”