This bad news comes via GallifreyBase – Stephen Moffat has come out and said that the upcoming series 6, due to premiere in spring 2011 – will be split into to two parts.
According to the source:
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Steven Moffat has announced that the next series of Doctor Who will be split in two with a ‘gamechanging’ cliffhanger in episode 7.
“The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who! Easter, Autumn, Christmas!!”
The BBC press office describe the split transmission as the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. “By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens.”
Of course, they’re spinning this as a good thing – more Doctor Who through more of the year! But the trade-off is that we’ll be hit with an annoying cliffhanger and be forced to wait for Doctor Who to come back – which is hard enough already since we spend most of the year without it.
Any fan of a show on the SyFy channel will understand how awful season splits are. Lets hope the BBC does it right and the gap isn’t too long.