Doctor Who fans will have to endure a two-year time warp in between the next two series of the hit TV show.
The BBC has announced plans to make a fifth series of the time lord's adventures, but it won't hit TV screens in Britain until 2010, with Australian fans possibly facing an even longer wait.
A fourth series has recently finished being filmed and is due to be screened early next year in Britain.
But instead of the fifth series going to air in 2009, fans will have to make do with a series of three Doctor Who specials starring the current doctor, David Tennant.
Christmas specials will also be screened this year and next.
The delay in between the fourth and fifth series is believed to be linked to Tennant's desire to play Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company between July and November next year.
However, it is unknown whether the Scottish actor will return to star as the popular time-travelling timelord for the fifth series.
Tennant took over the role from Christopher Eccleston, who quit after the much acclaimed first series of the revived show began in 2005.
Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue has recently finished filming this year's Doctor Who Christmas special with Tennant in Wales.
She stars as a waitress aboard the ill-fated Titanic.
Meanwhile, Freema Agyeman, who played the doctor's assistant Martha Jones in series three, will return mid-way through series four.