Doctor Who: EXCITING NEWS
After a frankly tedious amount of speculation about the future series of Doctor Who and the availability of David Tennant, the BBC have finally clarified matters to some extent.
So, in one announcement we get Christmas 2008, a series of 3 specials for 2009 (Easter, Summer and Christmas?) and a full series 5 for 2010 confirmed. Blimey!
Of course, it's obvious that this has all come to light because of the increasing awareness that David Tennant is doing loads of other stuff next year (with theater work slap bang in the middle of the normal filming period), so the need to clarify his position was definitely needed. I'm delighted he's staying on for series 4.5, but what do you bet that we'll emerge into series 5 with a brand new Doctor and showrunner?
It feels odd that they're obviously re-tooled the show to accommodate the lead actor, though. Doctor Who is famous for being bigger than any actor or producer so it's strange to see Tennant commanding so much influence, but then he's just so brilliant I'm finding it hard to give a crap.
All in all, I'm really pleased with this outcome. Yes, we'll have significantly less Who in 2009, but we can cope with that, surely? And I bet we can expect not a single duffer out of those three either, as the time-frame should ensure the highest of quality on all fronts. Anyway, thank Christ they set our minds at rest with confirmation of a full series in 2010, otherwise I might have started shitting myself about another hiatus...