Doctor Who Cutting Back In 2012?

Despite the order going through for a Christmas special and thirteen more episodes, it looks like at least several episodes from the seventh season of “Doctor Who” will be pushed back into 2013.

io9 reports that Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, spoke at an event and said there won’t be a full series of Doctor Who in 2012″. Instead, there will be a “special run” for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013.

Cohen joked the delay was due to Steven Moffat’s commitments on “Sherlock”, currently in production on its second season of three telemovies. The BBC’s Lizo Mzimba later denied the claim.

How many of next year’s episodes will be deferred into 2013 is unknown at this point. The move raises questions over what form the show’s future will take. Could the back half of the seventh season become several specials and the delay allows Moffat to get a bigger budget for them?

Show runner Steven Moffat tweeted in response to the talk, saying “Dr Who: misquotes and misunderstandings. But I’m not being bounced into announcing the cool stuff before we’re ready. Hush, and patience.”

The remaining six episodes of the sixth season are said to be kicking off sometime in the early Fall.