That may still be the case - but in an interview with website Uproxx, director Ben Wheatley (who is currently filming the first two episodes of the series) introduced a new, earlier possibility for an air date.
“I’ve got two more weeks shooting Doctor Who, which hopefully is going to go in July.”There's a few ways this rather ambiguous statement could be taken - that the episode's edit will be completed in July, or that Wheatley is returning for pick-ups this summer to complete filming - but the most obvious way of interpreting the statement is that Doctor Who is expected to return in July.
While this sounds good news, it's fairly unlikely - July is traditionally a month where television ratings are lower - and considering the hot weather and school holidays, it's not likely the BBC would put their prized show in a slot with guaranteed low ratings. On top of this, filming is currently scheduled to finish in August, giving the team a month at best for post-production - a time that is generally far too short.
Of course though, Wheatley knows far more than we do - so could Doctor Who be heading back to screens in summer? What's your thoughts on this? Leave a comment below!
[Source: Doctor Who TV]