Re: Officially no series 8 in 2013
It surprises me this hasn't sent shockwaves through the online fandom. I'd have assumed people would be wary of any indication the series is winding down production somewhat. UK fans complained bitterly when the original show was cut down from 26 episodes per annum to 14 in the late 1980s, and we all know that was because it was on its last legs. Is there anybody out there in internet-land decrying this as the first step towards the (second) cancellation of Doctor Who?
Even during the Davison era they were producing 28 eps. per year but the show was doubled up during the run to last a mere 14 weeks. I think it was more a case of the BBC shortening the run of all of their shows in order to provide even more programming.
The greatest science fiction series of all time is
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or all in a bunch to back it up!"
--- Harlan Ellison, from his introduction
to the PINNACLE series of Doctor Who books