Moffat’s Discarded 10th Doctor Arc

10dyingJust a few short hours away from the season eight premiere of DOCTOR WHO and executive producer Steven Moffat‘s introduction of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor, I thought it might be fun to look back the abandoned plan Moffat had for series five if David Tennant had decided to stay on for another year.
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DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Episode Titles

seriesgoThe BBC has released the titles and writers for all 12 episodes of series 8 or DOCTOR WHO, Peter Capaldi‘s debut as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor.

“Deep Breath”
Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Ben Wheatley
“Into The Dalek”
Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat. Directed by Ben Wheatley
“Robot Of Sherwood”
Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Paul Murphy

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The New Doctor’s First Real Trailer

Finally, after a couple of all-too-brief teasers, we get a full trailer for the new season of DOCTOR WHO, starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman — but it’s still too short!

So, now we know for sure we can look forward to the return of the Daleks, more dinosaurs (this time, not on a spaceship), some new foes and, of course, lots of explosions. But there apparently will be more than a little soul-searching by the Doctor, who wonders if he’s a good man and wants to atone for the mistakes he’s made. This definitely looks like the “darker” season with a more “dangerous” Doctor that we’ve been promised.
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Doctor Who Series 8 Debuts… When?

At last, the BBC has released a teaser trailer for the eighth series of the revived DOCTOR WHO, and while it runs just about 15 seconds, we do get to see a new logo and — more importantly — a confirmed start month for the Peter Capaldi era on BBC One and BBC America: August.

There is not much more than a brief, dramatically backlighted glimpse of the 12th Doctor in an exploding TARDIS console room, but at least it’s something.

It is believed (but not certain) that the 12- or 13-episode series will run uninterrupted by a hiatus like the one that seemed to dull viewer response last season.

DOCTOR WHO Guest Character Confirmed: Spoiler!

Well, there’s now photographic proof that one of the characters/monsters Peter Capaldi‘s 12th Doctor was rumored to encounter in series eight of DOCTOR WHO is definitely happening!

If you don’t want to know who/what it is, then move along to something else. If you do wish to know, then make the jump — but beware: SPOILER!
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Actor With a Beard Cast on DOCTOR WHO, so… Master

benmillerIt’s become a sort of game with the upcoming season eight of the rebooted DOCTOR WHO: How many minutes does it take before that latest actor cast is tipped as playing “the new Master” (or, for the ladies, “the new Rani”)? It’s probably down to a delay of mere seconds now.

So along comes the newest guest star of the season Ben Miller, a veteran of PRIMEVAL and DEATH IN PARADISE (on which he played a policeman), who has a beard (in some photos) — and is actually referred to as being cast to play a villain! Ta-dah! Meet the new Master.

Well, maybe not so fast. But then again, see what executive producer Steven Moffat had to say about the casting of Miller:

Mark Gatiss has written us a storming villain for his new episode, and with Capaldi in the TARDIS, we knew we needed somebody special to send everybody behind the sofa. And quite frankly, it’s about time Ben Miller was in DOCTOR WHO!”

So Miller is playing a baddie — and a “storming” one at that. Could he be the Master? Yes.


But what does Miller himself have to say about the role? The actor told the BBC Doctor Who website:

“As a committed Whovian, I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures. My only worry is that they’ll make me leave the set when I’m not filming.”

So. Could Miller be the playing the latest incarnation of the Master? Of course he could be. But is he? That information, we will not know for a while.

Jenna Coleman Mum on New Dynamic in DOCTOR WHO

True, she hasn’t really been filming the new season of DOCTOR WHO for very long, but Jenna Coleman is not letting anything slip about the nature of Clara’s relationship with the new incarnation of the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. However, her reticence on that topic led her to confirm just the tiniest morsel about the story in the premiere episode:

“We pretty much pick up where we left off at Christmas and we carry on the story straight away after the regeneration so we’re dealing with that for the first episode.”

So, as suspected, the season eight premiere will pick up exactly where the Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” left off: With Clara confronting the new Doctor in a crashing TARDIS. And somehow that TARDIS makes landfall in Victorian England.

But why not let Jenna tell it?