DOCTOR WHO Series Eight to Make Us Wait

capaldiFans 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.

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The “Return” of the First Doctor!

bradleyhartnellThis is a promotional image from AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME!, this fall’s BBC TV-movie that dramatizes the early years of DOCTOR WHO as part of the celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary.

Here we see David Bradley (Solomon from “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”) looking amazingly similar to the late, great William Hartnell, the man who started it all.

Rumor has it that a trailer will be unveiled at Comic-Con International: San Diego next week.

That Was Fast! DOCTOR WHO EP Skinner Quits

Caro, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Moffat

Caro, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Moffat

DOCTOR WHO executive producer Caroline Skinner suddenly resigned on March 13, effective immediately. Faith Penhale, who was head of drama at BBC Wales, was quickly named her replacement.

The switch is not expected to cause any problems for the balance of series seven, which is already in the can, but the effect on the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations remains to be seen. The anniversary story begins filming on Monday, and while Penhale will help shepherd that production, word is she won’t be staying, and the hunt for permanent replacement is under way.

Skinner issued the following statement:

“It has been an honour to have been a part of Doctor Who, and a privilege to have worked with Steven Moffat and Matt Smith on this extraordinary show. I have hugely enjoyed my time in BBC Wales and would like to thank Faith Penhale, and our wonderful production team for their unending commitment and brilliance. I will miss them all enormously, but I’m leaving Doctor Who in fine form, with the new series starting at Easter and the fantastic plans for the 50th Anniversary already underway. I am delighted to be now returning to BBC Drama Production in London as an executive producer, and the new opportunities and projects that will bring.”

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DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary Plan Underwhelms

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Three Doctors, a recast, a wax statue and a tin dog = “The Five Doctors”

Wow, talk about dashing dreams!

In the run-up to 2013, the 50th anniversary year of DOCTOR WHO, fans were giddy with anticipation of all sorts of spectacular celebrations — multiple TV specials and tributes and great programming, not least of which would be a huge, thrilling multi-Doctor story bringing in as many of the surviving Doctors as possible.

Well, some kind of multi-Doctor story is still a (vague) possibility (and fading fast), but all that other stuff? Not so much. According to the BBC, all dedicated fans will be seeing is one anniversary story airing on Nov. 23 and the previously announced “docu-drama” from Mark Gatiss on the origin of the show, AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME.

Tah-dah! And that’s it.

Oh, we will still get the second part of series seven, kicking off in April, but after the anniversary show, there’s just a Christmas Special and then 2013 is over. No beginning of series eight, no additional Doctor stories at all. In fact, series eight isn’t even officially confirmed! One would hope the least the Beeb could do is not torture fans by delaying the announcement of the next series. But no, it appears the BBC is content to be cruel again.