Doctor Who 6.7 A Good Man Goes to War – Matt Smith
Doctor Who 6.7 A Good Man Goes to War – The Doctor (Matt Smith) © BBC 2011

Just as Doctor Who (2000s) season 6 takes a break from transmission the BBC has confirmed Season 7 with 14 new episodes. It has also been confirmed that Matt Smith has been signed to continue in the role of the Doctor.

Steven Moffat will also continue as story runner.

It was a tweet by Sam Hodges, head of communications for BBC One, fiction and daytime that confirm this on Tuesday: “#DoctorWho is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor #bbc1.”

Steven Moffat also tweeted: “14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS.”

The current season is expected to resume in September with the remaining six episodes, when we will hopefully find out how the Doctor can possibly survive the death we saw at the start of the season. At the end of the year there is a planned Christmas special.

Season 7 is expected to follow the now usual pattern of starting a Easter 2012 and we might find out in Steven Moffat thinks that a one season break for the Daleks has been enough! Could we be in for a new Dalek Master Plan (in homage to a 1965 12 episode story from the original series)?

There is still the question of what will happen to the partly filmed Sarah Jane Adventures season that was abruptly halted after star Elizabeth Sladen’s sad death a few months back.

In the meantime a 10 episode season of Torchwood set in the States (as opposed to Wales) starts next month.