Private Eye is reporting that a full season of Doctor Who will not be made next year.
The magazine claims that “BBC staff have recently been informed that showrunner Steven Moffat’s commitments to his other hit show Sherlock mean that there will be no full series of Doctor Who in 2016.”
The fourth season of Sherlock was originally due to be filmed later this year, but no shooting dates have yet been confirmed.
It is worth noting that Private Eye is a satirical magazine, although the news story appears to be presented straight and contains no apparent satire.
With the current cuts to BBC funding, it’s not implausible that it’s true and Moffat’s heavy workload was rumoured to be a factor behind the Season 7 delay. However, with the show’s international sales at an all-time high, we would expect the BBC to look into a co-production deal before reducing the number of episodes being made.