BBC Makes Series 8 Officially Official

steemomazzaWe fans already knew as much, thanks to Steven Moffat and Matt Smith, but the BBC finally formally announced that there will be an eighth series of DOCTOR WHO along with a 2013 Christmas Special.

The Beeb made the announcement on its website:

“We’re delighted to confirm a new series of Doctor Who has been commissioned and the show’s lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, has revealed he’s already plotting a brand new run of adventures for the Doctor.”

It’s also good news that Moffat will be back in the driver’s seat — and that something special is planned for the Christmas episode:

“Given that this year’s Christmas Special will be rounding off such a spectacular year we’re sure it will kick off the Doctor’s next half century in style!  But that’s not all. Big plans are being put in place that will well and truly celebrate the Doctor’s half-centenary.  Make sure you check back for some exciting announcements!”

Hmmm… could the Christmas Special see a gathering of all the incarnations of the Doctor? Christmas with the 11 Doctors? It would be just like Moffat to divert attention with the 50th anniversary story and then blindside us with the story we thought we were being denied…

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Moffat Thanks Yanks Who Kept the Faith — and the Blockbuster Secret!

johnhurtThanks to a bunch of American DOCTOR WHO fans who kept their mouths shut, the rest of the world was able to enjoy the incredibly shocking finale to series seven the way Steven Moffat intended: blindsided by a truly game-changing last-second reveal.

And don’t think the Grand Moff doesn’t appreciate it. The executive producer  penned a blog on The Guardian site thanking U.S. fans who got erroneous early shipments for not ruining the story for everyone else. Moffat wrote:

“Well that was all a bit Keystone Cops, wasn’t it? Our biggest surprise,our most secret episode, a revelation about the Doctor that changes everything …

… and we’d have got away with it too, if we hadn’t accidentally sent Blu-ray copies of Name Of The Doctor to 210 Doctor Who fans in America. Security-wise, that’s not GOOD, is it? I mean, it’s not top-notch; it’s hard to defend as professional-level, hard-line secrecy.

My favourite fact is that they’re Blu-Rays. Listen, we don’t just leak any old rubbish, we leak in high-def – 1080p or nothing, that’s us. Every last pixel in beautifully rendered detail. It’s like getting caught extra naked.

But here’s the thing. Never mind us blundering fools, check out the fans. Two hundred and ten of them, with the top-secret episode within their grasp – and because we asked nicely, they didn’t breathe a word. Not one. Even Doctor Who websites have been closing their comments sections, just in case anyone blurts. I’m gobsmacked. I’m impressed. Actually, I’m humbled. And we are all very grateful.

Now you might be thinking, what does all this matter? It’s a plot development in the mad old fantasy world of Doctor Who, why is that important? Well of course, it’s not important, and in the scheme of things, it doesn’t matter at all. Just as it doesn’t matter when you’re telling a joke, and some idiot shouts out the punchline before you finish. It’s irritating, that’s all. It’s bad manners.

Well, no bad manners here! Two hundred and ten Doctor Who fans kept the secret, and many, many more fans helped. I wish I could send you all flowers, but I don’t know where you live (and, given our record, you really shouldn’t be sharing private information with us). So instead, if we can get our act together – and I forgive you for thinking that’s a big if – there will be a little video treat released on the Doctor Who site later tonight.”

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Matt and David Team Up — in This Video!

David Tennant and Matt Smith — better known to the world at large as the 10th and 11th Doctors, respectively, sat down together to have a chat about the story they just finished recording to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of DOCTOR WHO.

In the story, the current Doctor and his immediate predecessor team up to face the Zygons — and perhaps some other monsters — as well as deal with a stunning addition to the mythos: John Hurt as the Doctor! Hurt debuted at the close of the series seven finale, and his appearance came as a shock because 210 US fans who accidentally received copies of the episode kept their collective mouths shut about the climax. And by way of a thank you, the BBC have released this fun video clip as a bit of fanservice.

Somehow, we must all find our inner calm and wait until Nov. 23 to see the actual episode.