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Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that the show will not be returning in the summer, but is to be moved to the autumn instead.

The sci-fi show has been aired in the spring since its re-boot in 2005 with Russel T Davies as the showrunner at the time. The most recent series was shown in two parts, the first in spring and the second ending in the autumn.

In an article wrote in the Doctor Who magazine,  50-year-old Steven Moffat said:  “Doctor Who in the summer? All that running down tunnels, with torches, and the sunlight streaming through your windows and bleaching out the screen? All those barbecues and children playing outside, while on the telly there are green monsters seething in their CGI-enhanced lairs? It’s just not right is it? Be honest.

“For me, as a kid, when the afternoon got darker and there was a thrill of cold in the air, I knew that even though summer was over, the TARDIS was coming back! So yes, that’s part of the plan, that’s part of the reason for this little delay. But it’s not the whole story.”

A Doctor Who movie is currently in development with Harry Potter director David Yates at the helm.