The budget cuts at the BBC are having an impact on all TV programs, including Doctor Who which will be split into two segments separated by a few months. Rather than simply split the series in half, Moffat sees the break as an opportunity that is incredibly cryptic.
Steven Moffat with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in NYC
“Looking at the next [season], I thought what this show needs is a big event in the middle,” showrunner Steven Moffat recently told attendees of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, according to The Guardian. “I kept referring to a mid-season finale. So we are going to make it two [seasons] — seven episodes at Easter building to an Earth-shattering climax, a cliffhanger we could never normally do because it would be too long before it came back. An enormous game-changing cliffhanger that will change everything.”
“The wrong expression would be to say we are splitting it in two,” he said. “We are making it two separate” seasons.
This is to my knowledge the second time that a 13 episode run has been stated as double what would usually be allotted for a year’s run. I recall reading back when Eccleston took over back in 2005 the actor stated that he had signed on for two series of Doctor Who and the production staff decided to combine them into one long series of double the intended length. Since then a 13 part series has been regarded as the norm. Apparently, those days are over.
With Matt Smith being courted to stay a full three years and the 50th anniversary series looming in the distance, this news regarding a shorter series ending in a game-changing finale after episode 7 could mean anything.
What do you think?
The dreamscape of the average person is a place rich with fantastic possibilities, but just imagine what that realm holds for a comic book creator?
Artist Rick Veitch has revealed the inner workings of his overly creative mind in his series Rare Bit Fiends. Veitch’s comic was largely an homage to the classic comic strip by Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland) that ran throughout the early part of the 20th Century in which readers viewed a character’s wild dream ending with the line ‘I’ll never eat rare bit again!’ but the creator was also deeply interested in the meaning of dreams and what they meant to the conscious mind.
The 21 issue series remains a cult hit and produced several comic strips submitted by readers who were often comic book creators themselves. One of the first graduates of Joe Kubert’s School of Cartooning, Veitch first exploded on the scene with the Marvel Comics Graphic Novel Heartburst. Since then he has enjoyed successful collaborations with Alan Moore on Greyshirt and Supreme where his reverence for classic comic book style was particularly well-used. Currently his series Army @ Love continues to challenge the conventions of the comic book medium, combining satire with war-time drama in a world not too dissimilar from our own.
I have long been an admirer and fan of Veitch’s work, but his Rare Bit Fiends is such an honest series that I doubt any other cartoonist today could produce such a thing. You can see plenty of his dream comics here, or in the collected editions recommended below:
The Dream Art Of Rick Veitch Volume 1: Rabid Eye
The Dream Art Of Rick Veitch Volume 2: Pocket Universe
The Dream Art Of Rick Veitch Volume 3: Crypto Zoo
Also by Rick Veitch- Abraxas And The Earthman