DOCTOR WHO Returning for Series 7 With Matt Smith!

Okay, Doctor Who fans...BREATHE.  The show and Matt Smith are both returning next year.

The Doctor Who News Page reports that Sam Hodges, Head of Communications for BBC1, Fiction, Daytime and HD at the BBC, has confirmed via Twitter that Doctor Who has been commissioned for another 14 episodes (meaning another Christmas special and 13-episode season).  Even better, the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, will be returning as well.  This news follows recent speculation that Smith was not going to return, particularly following a recent Daily Mirror interview where he discussed his plans to take his career to Hollywood.

Current showrunner Steven Moffat also chimed in on the renewal announcement by way of Twitter, posting the following comment:

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.#formaqueue

However, if you notice, nothing has been said about Karen Gillan or Arthur Darvill returning as Amy and Rory Pond.  Recent reports have claimed that the Doctor's married companions will be written out at the end of Series Six and unlike today's remarks concerning Smith's future, there has been no announcement from anyone in authority to the contrary.

I don't suppose Moffat could bring in the Silurian Madama Vastra and human lover Jenny as their replacements...?
Posted on June 7, 2011 .