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There’s no specific procedure for when a network decides to let fans and entertainment aficionados know when a TV series has been renewed. Sometimes renewal orders come out toward the beginning of a show’s current season, and sometimes networks make a decision after a series has wrapped up for the year. And then sometimes, the lede is buried in an annual review and only found after being dug up by a bunch of journalists. Such was the case with Doctor Who, and we can now confirm the science fiction drama has officially been picked up for Season 10.
The news was first reported in the pages of the BBC Worldwide Annual Review, and since most rational humans are probably not interested in delving through nearly 50 pages of content to find the snippet, Radio Times has done some additional legwork for you. The outlet confirmed with the BBC that Doctor Who has absolutely been renewed for a tenth season on the network.
Now, you may be thinking that, of course, Doctor Who has been renewed. Peter Capaldi was confirmed to come back before 2014 even ended and Jenna Coleman, who plays Cara, also decided to stay on board. Beyond that, we even knew about some of the returning characters and that Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams is even set to make an appearance on the hit series this fall. While it is true that Doctor Who was recently renewed, that renewal order was actually for Season 9, or Season 35, if you prefer. So, knowing officially that Doctor Who will 100% be back for two more seasons is pretty sweet.
Of course, the fact that Doctor Who is already renewed through the next couple of seasons just serves to highlight that executive producer Steven Moffat was probably right when he stated the Time Lord in its current amalgamation will live on for at least 15 seasons. Here’s the exact quote:
I thought it would last ten years. I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!... It’s going to do a minimum of 15. I mean, it could do 26!
While the BBC has yet to comment on a renewal of that magnitude, it’s safe to say that Doctor Who is pretty popular. On top of that, the modern-day Who has managed to attract a whole new audience that lives in all corners of the globe. There’s a lot the series has going for it, and it shouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
If you are excited about Season 9 and the 2015-2016 TV season, here’s everything we know about the new episodes, which will air on BBC America in the States.