A surprise that’s not really a surprise, BBC television phenom Doctor Who has been renewed for a tenth series, confirmed by Radio Times after the publication of the BBC Worldwide Annual Review on July 15th.
Page 32 of the report says, “During the year matters under review included plans to launch the global genre brands BBC First in Australia and New Zealand on Foxtel and BBC Brit and BBC Earth in Poland; and investments in The Musketeers S3 and Doctor Who S10.”
The renewal isn’t likely a major revelation to showrunner Steven Moffat, whose contract extends through series 10. He spoke earlier this year on the show’s future, saying, “I thought it would last ten years…[but]I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!” BBC’s director of drama attested to the show’s popularity, noting, “Because it’s such an amazing format, because you can constantly revive it and re-imagine it, then as long as the people looking after it are passionate about it, there’s absolutely no reason why it can’t do another 50 years.”
Another series, however, isn’t a guarantee that current show stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman will stay on board. Coleman, who will assume the throne as longest-serving companion following series 9 as Clara Oswald, companion to both the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, was previously set to depart the show after series 8 wrapped, but had a change of heart following her appearance in the series’ Christmas special. The upcoming ninth series will be the third for Twelfth Doctor Capaldi, who has not spoken about his future with the show beyond this year.
Series 9 of Doctor Who will premiere September 19th on BBC and BBC America.