2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who. It's a highly anticipated event for fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and as such, has spawned plenty of rumors to make up for the complete dearth of information that the BBC has released about 50th anniversary plans. In fact, just about all we know is that the 50th anniversary special will be in 3D.
One of the more persistent rumors regarding the 50th anniversary is that the anniversary special will be a disappointingly short 60 minutes long. As per DoctorWhoTV, however, showrunner Steven Moffat has dismissed these rumors entirely.
“A lot of things are going on. Don’t believe the nonsense about one 60-minute film. That is complete nonsense!" Moffat told reporters last weekend. So we can go ahead and stop worrying about that, then.
Those rumors had been started by a preliminary release by the BBC that had scheduled only one 60-minute special for the 50th anniversary -- and no 2013 Christmas special. Apparently that was very, very tentative, because Moffat also confirmed that, on the contrary, there will be a Christmas special this year. Of course.
“Of course there’s going to be a Christmas special," he confirmed. "Santa will also visit your house. Yes, all is as it was.”
And while Moffat appeared to quash rumors of Matt Smith leaving the series later this year (he'll be the Doctor "for the rest of time," apparently), he also gave us a hint as to where he is in the writing (and he's further ahead than you'd think).
“I’ve just started planning the next series and I’m going to swing [the storyline] a slightly different way again," he said. This implies that the 50th anniversary special has been written -- though of course, the notoriously deliberate showrunner might still be working on it.
Moffat's secrecy/clues make Doctor Who a little bit more unpredictable and dangerous, and I can't wait to see where the series goes over the course of the year.
Doctor Who will return for the second half of its seventh series with the midseries premiere, "Phantom of the Hex," March 30 on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.