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New Doctor Who series to be split

The new series of Doctor Who, to be broadcast next year, will be transmitted in two blocks, the BBC revealed today.

Steven Moffat, the series’ showrunner, announced the decision today at the Edinburgh television festival, revealing one block will be transmitted in the spring of 2011, with the other being broadcast in the autumn.

By splitting the series, the BBC said it could give viewers “one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever”, adding the move would leave audiences “on the edge of their seats until the autumn to find out what happens”.

Moffat said: “The split series is hugely exciting because viewers will be treated to two premieres, two finales and more event episodes.”