Less Doctor Who Blamed on Sherlock

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It appears Doctor Who’s greatest enemy is in fact Sherlock Holmes.

That’s according to BBC News who are today reporting that Steven Moffat’s heavy workload on both Doctor Who and Sherlock is the reason behind Doctor Who’s reduced series in 2012.

Originally this had been dismissed as a joke, their article, however, quotes BBC1 Controller Danny Cohen as saying:

“[Steven Moffat] needs enough time to get [Sherlock] done and then start work on the next series of Doctor Who. So there will be [Doctor Who] episodes, but not as many.”

“There will be some episodes, but there won’t be a full series, so we won’t have a 13-part run,” he told the audience at The Church and Media Conference.

“There’s only so many hours a day he can be awake. The man has to sleep and eat, and he’s got a family.”

“Steven Moffat is the creative driving force behind Doctor Who. He also, rather magically at the same time, created and got to air Sherlock. So we have to get that balance right. There’ll be more episodes again in 2013, for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. So that’s a big year.”

Update: In response Steven Moffat tweeted: “The scheduling of Dr Who has got NOTHING to with Sherlock. On the plus side THE BBC SPELLED MY NAME RIGHT!!!!”

Update 2: Danny Cohen audio extract added: