Last week a nasty Doctor Who rumor was circulating — that even though Matt Smith has signed on to do another 14 Doctor Who episodes, there wouldn't be a full season next year. Sadly, these suspicions have been confirmed.
Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, was speaking at an event where we got the first confirmation that Doctor Who would NOT becoming back for a full season in 2012. A member of the audience, Wayne Clarke, confirmed via twitter that "Danny Cohen says there won't be a full series of Doctor Who in 2012, but a special run for the anniversary in 2013."
Which means that perhaps only a few episodes from the new season will air next year, and the rest will air in 2013. Cohen joked that the delay was due to Steven Moffat's other commitments on Sherlock Holmes, but the BBC later clarified that this wasn't the real reason (according to the BBC's Lizo Mzimba.)
But at the very least, let's hope this means the 50th anniversary will be an even bigger celebration of the show's long history, with tons of cameos and a huge storyline.