Well, the BBC cannot be bothered, so Steven Moffat had to do it himself — announce that series eight of DOCTOR WHO “really, definitely, honestly is” happening, that is!
Apparently it’s part of the Beeb’s ongoing policy of benign neglect toward its No. 1 cash cow in this, DOCTOR WHO’s 50th anniversary year, but nobody in the PR department could be bothered to even issue a press release announcing the renewal, let alone pull together the usual press fanfare. Which is why, at last night’s BAFTA gala, Moffat said he was surprised to discover that people think series is still awaiting approval.
Nevertheless, Moffat personally confirmed the good news:
“This is a thing that just seems to have slipped by… so can I say it very firmly – series eight is absolutely, definitely confirmed. It is real and it’s happening – it’s [taking up] most of my time at the moment.”
The Grand Moff had no premiere date, of course, and production is still a ways off, what with Matt Smith busy with a Hollywood movie and filming of the Christmas special still to be done.
But it’s great news, nonetheless!