Series/Season 11 could've...gone more smoothly.
With a divisive and sloppy S11 is now behind us, BBC and Team Chibnall now move into S12 - which (at this moment) is not slated to arrive until 2020.
Given that S11 wrapped shooting some time ago, and didn't offer a particularly large number of episodes, why it'll take so long to realize S12 is anyone's guess.
My own conjecture: the rumors that Chibnall is incapable of delivering - or is not altogether enamored with conjuring - a full run of S12 may well hold some water. There's also the noteworthy reception of Resolution (the New Year's Day special), which was easily the most propulsive, well-honed, and energetically spirited installment of the Chibnall Era to date. It's likely no coincidence that the general gusto brought to this episode by The Powers That Be very closely resembles the filmmaking bravado former WHOrunner Steven Moffat consistently brought to the equation. It's also no coincidence that Resolution was (pound for pound) the most warmly welcomed episode of this recent batch. A reality which could well prompt both BBC and Team Chibs to step back and reassess the decidedly lackadaisical formula so often deployed throughout - and which so often handicapped - S11.
If this theory is correct, such a retooling could be partially responsible for the protracted delay, as coordinating a 'new approach' would inherently present new creative, talent, and coordinating considerations across the board.
I want to be be very clear: this is all mere speculation on my part, based on years of working with BBC and around DOCTOR WHO. I've no inside knowledge that any notions posited herein carry any water whatsoever - although I suspect they very well might.
Whatever the case, it'll be interesting to see what does...and does not...happen during our journey towards Season/Series 12. A journey to be chronicled in this ongoing message board - which will continue until either S12 arrives (at which point we'll revert to our customary episode specific message boards), or until Disqus misbehaves (as it sometimes does). In the event of the later, we'll simply establish a new board, and continue where we left off.
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