The second half of Doctor Who's current series is due back on the BBC in April 2013...
It's the news we've all been waiting to hear since [redacted] waved a final goodbye to [redacted] in The Angels Take Manhattan: Doctor Who is returning to the BBC! Not, however, until April.
It's been confirmed in the new edition of Doctor Who Magazine that the concluding eight episodes of series seven (including one penned by Neil Gaiman), are due to air next April. Coincidentally, that's the very month that the fiftieth anniversary special, described as "a love letter to fans" by producer Marcus Wilson, will start filming.
In other Who news, Matt Smith was recently heard to say that he hoped to be part of the 2013 Christmas Special, due to air after the anniversary celebration episode. Talking to The List, Smith said, "We've got Doctor Who's 50th anniversary coming up in November 2013, and one assumes there'll be another Christmas special after that, and I'd hope to be part of it."
What about his plans after that point? "I take each year as it comes. All good things come to an end, but my mum is aghast at the thought of me ever not being the Doctor. The show is the star and will continue without me. I'm committed to it next year and will sit down with Steven Moffat and see where we go from there. I've no immediate plans to leave. I'm around for a whole year and that's a long time."