Saturday, June 18, 2011
Steven Moffat has denied speculation that production on BBC One's Sherlock has led to the reduction of Doctor Who episodes for next year.
BBC One controller Danny Cohen recently confirmed at the Church and Media Conference that Doctor Who will not return for a full series in 2012.
The Matt Smith sci-fi series had previously been renewed for 14 new episodes, although they will now be spread across 2012 and 2013.
Cohen suggested that Moffat's work with Sherlock is one of the main reasons for the split up of Doctor Who episodes.
"[Steven] needs enough time to get [Sherlock] done and then start work on the next series of Doctor Who," Cohen claimed. "So there will be [Doctor Who] episodes, but not as many."
On Moffat's workload, Cohen added: "There's only so many hours a day he can be awake. The man has to sleep and eat, and he's got a family.
"Steven Moffat is the creative driving force behind Doctor Who. He also, rather magically at the same time, created and got to air Sherlock. So we have to get that balance right."
However, Moffat later took to his Twitter account to deny any programming conflicts, saying: "The scheduling of Dr Who has got NOTHING to do with Sherlock."
Moffat then joked: "On the plus side THE BBC SPELLED MY NAME RIGHT!!!!"
Source: Digital Spy