We may have to wait until next fall to actually see it, but series eighth of DOCTOR WHO is well into production, if not filming.
Show-runner Steven Moffat explained that, while Matt Smith‘s swansong as the 11th Doctor, the 2013 Christmas Special, doesn’t even start shooting until this Sunday, he’s moved on to season eight:
“We have to work quite a long way in advance. The next season is plotted out. I always end up complaining about it, but it’s quite fun. I’m just making up nonsensical adventures; what’s wrong with that?”
He may have moved past Xmas in his mind, but Moffat has no intention of moving on professionally any time soon. Asked how much longer he will remain in charge of the show, Moffat said:
“Forever. We’re not letting anyone else do it. You take it a year at a time, that’s all you can do. It’s such a commitment. It’s nine or 10 months a year of work, so I think you can only really do that a year at a time anyway.”
I am all for Moffat sticking with the show for years to come — though “forever” may be a wee bit too long. How about another five years?
Fans of DOCTOR WHO, get ready to cool your heels for months waiting for the inaugural adventure of Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor — a lot of months.
I cannot speak to how reliable The Guardian is in these matters, but according to the UK newspaper, series eight will not hit our screens until fall 2014:
“It will not return next year until the autumn, giving it plenty of time to recharge batteries. And what better way to do that than with a new Doctor?”
On the one hand, this doesn’t faze me much because waiting until fall for a new season is par for the course here in the USA, and considering we get the Christmas Special on… well, er, Christmas Day, a nine-month wait isn’t that awful.
On the other hand, it is an awfully long time after series seven. “The Name of the Doctor” wrapped things up back on May 18, and now this fall we’re only getting the 50th Anniversary Special, the docu-film AN ADVENTURE IN TIME AND SPACE and the Xmas episode. So that’s a very long time to go with minimal programming, no matter how high the quality.