DOCTOR WHO Series 8 Roundup: Season Won’t Be Split And More


capaldi bannerWe’re slightly over two weeks away from The Time of The Doctor, the Doctor Who Christmas special and Matt Smith’s swansong. Sometime during the episode, obviously the end unless Moffat pulls off something incredibly bonkers, new Doctor Peter Capaldi will make his debut. Well, it’s his debut if you don’t count the five seconds of the top half of his head in The Day of The Doctor. Capaldi is set to begin filming his first season and things are going to be a little different. We’ve rounded up some of the tidbits regarding Doctor Who’s 8th series. Read on for all the details.

First up is a quote from Steven Moffat regarding the renumbering shuffling going on thanks to John Hurt’s War Doctor. Now this quote has been floating around since the special and there’s not 100% confirmation it’s legit, but according to this quote Capaldi is the 14th Doctor. That means Matt Smith is the final Doctor since Time Lords only get 12 regenerations. Apparently the Christmas episode will see our favorite Time Lord getting a new set of regenerations for some reason:

We’ll find out that Matt Smith is actually the 13th Doctor. Although everyone knows that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times. The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology – science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them. So if the Doctor can never change again, what’s Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas Special?

That would mean that Hurt’s Doctor counts, as we all knew he did, but it also means David Tennant’s half regeneration counts as well. The meta-crisis Doctor from Journey’s End counted as a regeneration. That would mean David Tennant is the 11th and 12th Doctor. We’ll have to wait until Christmas to find out.

Capaldi and Moffat recently spoke with reporters about the new Doctor’s upcoming Christmas appearance and the idea that Capaldi is an ‘old’ Doctor. The actor said, “I’m 1,995 years too young for the part, really. So I think he’s going to be quite happy to look his age at last!” Capaldi also reaffirmed his love for Doctor Who when asked the obligatory ‘favorite Doctor’ question. He dodged it with skill and grace, saying “All of them, I love them all, they’re brilliant. They are just one, they’re all of those actors and they’re all a delight, I think they’re all fabulous. I’m lucky to have them in my DNA because I’ve watched it from the year dot, so they’re great.

Capaldi’s first season will not be split. Moffat reaffirmed that statement at the 11th Doctor BFI celebrations. This will mark the first time since 2010 that Doctor Who has not been split into two blocks, with a giant mid-season finale episode. The season is expected to be 13 episodes long and will probably air around September 2014.

peter capaldi doctor who iconAnd finally, The Radio Times spoke with their “BBC source” about Capaldi’s costume. The next Doctor’s look is being finalized now, but they were able to get a few very vague hints:

Details of the costume are being kept firmly under wraps, even though filming has started on series eight, but…BBC sources tells me that the decision over the costume was ultimately made by a combination of Capaldi himself, executive producer Brian Minchin, showrunner Steven Moffat and senior members of the art team and had to be approved by senior BBC executives. Capaldi’s costume mixes old and new – is a “bit old fashioned to denote the fact that he is the oldest Doctor” but is also “looking to the future as well” says the well-placed sourced

And that’s about all we know about series 8 so far. The new Doctor’s inaugural story will be a Dalek two-parter, so they’re throwing Capaldi right into the deep end of the pool. What do you think about the latest goings on in the world of Who? Are you ready for the Christmas episode as one Doctor falls and another rises?

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