Matt Smith back for Series 7 2012

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It has been officially confirmed that Matt Smith will be back for 14 new episodes of Doctor Who from 2012. This is expected to include a Christmas special.

Sam Hodges from the BBC announced the news on Twitter when he said, “Doctor Who is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor.”

Steven Moffat later added: “14 eps + Matt DEFINITELY. I’ve got a plan and I’m NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS. Now hush or River shoots you with her Spoiler Gun.”

However, it is not currently clear if the series will air in two chunks like this year, or if we’ll actually get to see all 14 in 2012.

The Guardian reported a BBC spokesman as saying: “The new commission is a big commitment, not many other shows have such a commitment so far in advance. We do not know yet how many will air in 2012.

Hopefully, they’ll be an update on this soon.