Steven Moffat is returning for another Doctor Who season, the BBC officially confirmed today. The current series finale aired tonight ahead of a 50th anniversary special slated for November 23 starring Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman, David Tennant, Billie Piper, and John Hurt. Moffat “is already plotting a brand new run of adventures for the Doctor,” the network announced on their blog. Brian Minchin will executive produce alongside Moffat.
Doctor Who fans on both sides of the Atlantic will get their time travel fix when the new season debuts on Sept 1. But fans of Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat’s other show, Sherlock, will have to wait another year. The show is expected to return for fall 2013, it came out during a masterclass at the Edinburgh TV festival today. Shooting starts in January and delivery is being eyed for August. Moffat was there with his co-creator Mark Gatiss (who also plays big brother to the titular high-functioning sociopath), producer Sue Vertue and actor Andrew Scott, aka “consulting criminal” James Moriarty. Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, recently had to pull out of the appearance. Ahead of the panel, Moffat teased via Twitter: “Last year it was Woman, Hound, Fall. This year’s three words revealed tomorrow at #MGEITF #Sherlock Master Class.” Making good on his promise, he said the three words for the 3rd season will be: Rat, Wedding, Bow. That could mean the Arthur Conan Doyle source material used for the episodes will be The Giant Rat Of Sumatra, The Noble Bachelor and His Last Bow, which, if correct would point to season three being the show’s last. Given Cumberbatch’s increasingly busy schedule that seems elementary. In other news from the panel, Moffat was asked about the new CBS series Elementary, which also revolves around a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, but he refused to …
Simon Cowell and his X Factor producers won best entertainment show at tonight’s Royal Television Society awards in London. And BBC hit Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, beat ITV’s Downton Abbey to win best drama series. But Piers Morgan lost out to radio DJ Reggie Yates as best presenter. David Tennant, nominated for his role in the one-off BBC TV drama Single Father, was beaten by Jim Broadbent for his star turn in Channel 4’s Any Human Heart. And Mad Men failed to win for best international show, which went instead to the Japanese dolphin-fishing expose The Cove. Steven Moffat, showrunner on the latest series of Doctor Who, received a special Judges’ Award. Guests at tonight’s awards show, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, included Tennant, Simon Callow, Greg Wise and ITV presenters Ant and Dec.
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The BBC said this morning that the upcoming Season 6 of its flagship drama Doctor Who will open with a two-parter set and partly filmed in the U.S. It was written by Doctor Who head writer and showrunner Steven Moffat. The two-episode season opener will be co-produced by BBC America, with key scenes being filmed in Utah in November. The story is set in the late ‘60s and finds the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) on a secret mission “that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah – right to the Oval Office.” In the U.S., the trio of Dr. Who actors will be joined by Alex Kingston who reprises her role as River Song.