But for simplicity I'll do my best.
Classic Dr Who from 60s-80s was based on the serial series format Each season was divided in to serials which told a story arch. These serials would cover between 4-6 episodes which where all filmed at the same time, the BBC used this method because they could film 24-48 episodes for the cost of 5-6 episodes. it allowed for the show to have a new episode almost every week during a year as well.
The restarted Doctor Who under Russel T Davis (RTD) he used the American formula method of making the episodes, which meant he would film 12-13 episodes a year. The Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston has a film career and could only promise one season, which was fine because RTD wrote the series to have a regeneration at the end, which is where we get David Tennant, he quickly became one of the most popular Doctors ever in history, so when he was offered the prestigious role in Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), to play Hamlet (alongside Patrick Stewart) he had to accept, which caused Doctor Who to make a season of Specials, also David Tennant and RTD were ready to move on from Doctor Who, this caused RTD to hand over control to Steven Moffat (SteveMo).
Since SteveMo took over he has split two out of three seasons for different reasons. The 2011 season had a one month gap, mostly for scheduling reasons with the BBC. And the 2012-2013 season had to be split up because of the Olympics. And has been stretched to make the final episode coincide with the first airing of Doctor Who 50th anniversary. 23 November 1963-23 November 2013
Other shows have a massive mid-season break. Burn Notice does this which is annoying because I completely forget to tune back in. Eureka started doing this before the end.
I would much prefer series broken up into 30 minute segments, so they can double the length of time they are on the air in a calendar year. Modern shows take these huge 1 hour blocs, run for 13 weeks, then are gone forever and you forget to tune back in the next season because they are gone so long.
You get 14 episodes counting the xmas special. Cut them all in half for 28 episodes. I'd love to see something like start in October with 30 minute episodes, 4 in october, 4 in November, break for 3 weeks, xmas special around xmas as a two-parter, then 4 in january, 4 in february, 4 in march, 4 in april, 2 in may.
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The Christmas special was great. I was very surprised by the chemistry and engagement of the side characters. The story was well written and I am very intrigued with the new companion's 'predicament'.
Yes you are right, it's more that... i dislike Steven moffats stories he has created... river song/Amy/Rory are incredibly boring and I'm glad they are gone...River was mysterious in the library episode because we didn't know who she was but it's been dragged out for way too long...I love Doctor Who, but to claim that the writing is merely to engage an American audience is stretching it.
every episode (excluding the christmas episode) was basically -
Doctor: hi, fez, cool, shiny, geronimo
Amy: I love you doctor!
Rory: Hey! what about me?
River: Hello sweety
Monster: Rawr! Silence will fall!
Rory: I'm dieing....
Amy: QQ i love you rory
Rory: Wait nm i got over it...
Amy: I love you Rory and i will always choose you!
Doctor: I'm all alone :*(
I was watching some repeats the other day and I came across this;
I had to pause my TV at that exact moment because I couldn't believe that was David Morrissey in Doctor Who! It's weird when an actor gets a huge role and then you start noticing them in smaller roles from other older shows.
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The Doctor asks her how prison was, she responds saying "I was pardoned ages ago. It turns out the person I killed never existed in the first place. Apparently there's no record of him. It's almost as if someones gone around deleting himself from every database in the universe, and now, no one's ever heard of you. Didn't you use to be someone?"
The BBC is slowly ramping up the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who this year. The anniversary special is filming in April, there's a specially commissioned drama about the shows creation being written by Mark Gatiss and now rumours are rife about a book of eleven short stories, each based on one of the Doctor's incarnations and each written by a famous author. Rumour is that JK Rowling has already been approached...
" I'll tell you the ultimate secret of magic. Any cunt could do it." - John Constantine
seems like a lose lose to me.
There is a rumor going around that Moffat intends to "restart" the series at the 50th anniversary.
Hmm, now I'm not sure what that would imply but here are some thoughts:
1) Doctor erases himself from every database in the universe (River tells us this happens).
2) The Doctor reveals his name on the fields of Trenzalore (which may be the passcode to unlock the Time War).
3) Doctor's original reasons for leaving Gallafrey are found to be much more sinister (The Doctor Lies).
There's no evidence that there will be a "restart" but if the rumors are true, the consensus is that much of what we know about the Doctor will be revealed as false/a lie and therefore restore the mystery to his character. Any thoughts?