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11/06/2015 07:46:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, has responded to tabloid rumours stating that next years series of Doctor Who would be cut down to allow Peter Capaldi to pursue other projects.

Talking to RadioTimes.com Moffat confirmed that Series 10 of Doctor Who would consist of 12 episodes plus a Christmas Special.
It’s not being reduced in size. We’re not making fewer episodes. That’s all complete bunk. I can confirm that absolutely.
The comment came after today's Mirror Newspaper reported that the next series would consist of only 6 episodes due to Capaldi's work on other projects, and follows speculation in other papers that the series would be cut due to Moffat's commitment to the Sherlock series.

Peter Capaldi also addressed rumours of the cut when asked by the BBC Entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba if the reports of a half season next year were accurate.
Not as far as I know. That's not what I've been told. That's not what I'm contracted for.
The actor told The Guardian that he was disappointed by the scheduling of this years series, with episodes currently following the dancing series Strictly Come Dancing.
I feel it’s slightly used as a pawn in a Saturday night warfare. I feel as if it should go out at 7.30pm or around that time.

I see a lot of kids and a lot of families and these families who all love Doctor Who want to sit down and watch it together. Once you get past 8.15pm, you’re getting yourself into adult territory and although a lot of adults really like it, at its heart, it’s designed to do a lot of entertaining of children as well. So I think it begins to move into a zone it doesn’t quite belong in.
The timeslot was also addressed by the Showrunner, when asked about reports of falling viewing figures.
I don’t think 8.25pm is brilliant for Doctor Who. If there’s a slight, and it’s only a slight, drop off, it’s I think, that’s not where Doctor Who’s meant to be. Doctor Who’s not designed and built to go out at 8.25pm. It’s for earlier in the evening. We’re doing fine, once you put the consolidated and then if you do the wicked thing that you’re not supposed to do of adding on iPlayer as well, we’re doing fine
The transmission date of the series 10 has not been confirmed, but production is not likely to begin until May next year, meaning the start date would be pushed back beyond Autumn 2016. A new Doctor Who spin off series Class is also due to enter production at BBC Wales next year using capacity currently occupied by the Doctor Who team.

Steven Moffat told Radio Times
I don’t know when it goes out. That’s up to someone else. And even if I did know – which I genuinely don’t – I wouldn’t be allowed to say so as I have absolutely no say in it whatsoever.