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Doctor Who Renewed for Season 8

By May 27, 2013

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Matt Smith as the Doctor in season 7 of (I)Doctor Who(/i).

Matt Smith as the Doctor in season 7 of Doctor Who.


It's not exactly a surprise, but the BBC has officially confirmed that its hit series Doctor Who will continue for an eighth season next year, thereby entering its second half-century.

The focus for everyone is, of course, on the Nov. 23 fiftieth anniversary, which will boast a special 3D anniversary episode featuring Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Billie Piper, Jemma Redgrave, Joanna Page... and the Zygons (of all things--though they'll look great in 3D), surrounded by the movie about Who's origins, the 2013 Christmas special, vats of hoopla from the BBC and sundry people connected with the series past and present, and surprises yet to come, or so they say.

But showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat "is already plotting a brand new run of adventures for the Doctor," the network announced on their blog. As there was some tenuous (and very baseless) fan debate about whether Moffat would--or should--be back following the anniversary festivities, this in itself is news. But Moffat, like his predecessor Russell T. Davies famous for being a dyed-in-the-wool Who fan for decades before joining the series, seems to be having the time of his life in a job where he gets to write the silliest plots he can think up and make people take them seriously. He may have to have his hands pried off the franchise.

When asked by BuzzFeed whether season 8 was already mapped out, Moffat said, "Yes, I'm afraid 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?"

What about Matt Smith? Despite an increasingly busy schedule--he's currently wedging a movie called (appropriately) How to Catch a Monster for writer-director Ryan Gosling into his Who commitments--Smith has confirmed to DigitalSpy that he'll be back for season 8. "We come back and shoot the Christmas special over the summer," he explained, "then we go on to the next series, which will either start filming at the end of this year or at the start of 2014." [Edit to Update: Apparently not.]

Idle speculation has turned to the future status of the character played by John Hurt, who figures both in the resolution of season 7.5 and the anniversary special; but as usual you won't get a straight answer out of anyone at the Doctor Who office. But as River Song has reminded us on more than one occasion, who needs spoilers anyway? Just knowing that Who will resume in 2014 is contentment itself.
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May 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm
(1) Daniel says:

I hope they make more interesting episodes of DW that are just a tad less confusing.
Doctor Who has become a part of world culture in much the same way as other icons like Superman, Batman, Spiderman, & the various incarnations of Star Trek have become. I can remember a friend of mine 1st urging me to watch the ” vintage ” episodes with Tom Baker after Doctor Who started airing on PBS.

May 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm
(2) NillyVee says:

Agreed, while I do enjoy Who as a fan of the series I really do feel there are a lot of stretches being made and while Moffat might enjoy nonsensical adventures, they really do need to find some fresh air now and again. Was honestly hoping for a new writer to help start on things and maybe take us from constant shock and awe back into some of adventures and science of the doctor again.

We’ve had some glimpses of freshness here and there like a Town Called Mercy and even the Dinosaur episode but so often we’re getting into the bleak darkness that it’s losing some of that spark and sense of wonder.

Characters like River were great but now they’ve fallen off the map, the lighter notes are buried by this massive evil at every corner that he can’t shake. The Silence in constant pursuit, the need to introduce the impossible girl and twist everything that everyone knew about the Doctor even if just temporarily.

It’s one thing to have a good time and create new adventures and unique experiences. It’s another to have tragedy after tragedy and focus on the shock and awe of a moment with monsters more than what was a unique sci-fi experience with aliens and wonder and technology. You had arcs with the face of boe and more that were able to capture people without being painfully emo.

Just hoping for better out of the future season, tired of this being focused on tragedy and trying to create the strangest monsters possible more than driving Who forward.

May 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(3) Jane says:

Naaa – stick with the Moffat style! I love how the episodes have threads running through, backwards and forwards in time. Granted I have to watch some episodes n twice to reduce ( not completely eradicate ) confusion ; but its just great – at times nonsensical – fun to be taken on these journeys.
Can we have some cross over cameo’s too. How about Dr Who meets Sherlock! Or pitches up in Camelot! What a lark that would be !

May 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm
(4) dwhero says:

Quality since s1 has been in a steep decline.

They need to return to the series zenith: the linked arcs with torchwood, captain harkness, boe etc etc.

Making Doctor appear as a twitter-generation teen running around like a headless chicken is silly, imho.

Also no one ever mentions Christopher Eccleston… *sigh*

May 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm
(5) J. says:


Nobody mentions Christopher Eccleston because he doesn’t really see himself in the franchise – which is why he left early. He didn’t want to be typecast as the Doctor (too late, IMO). Even when asked in a recent interview, he seemed quite miffed to be asked about the show at all.


As Sarah Jane Smith’s interaction with Rose proved, both have dealt with things we consider mythology, history, or aliens. “The Loch Ness Monster!” “… Seriously?” It’s entirely possible we’ll come around to the “real” inspiration for Holmes, but since Holmes himself is a character from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and not a real person, encountering him outside of a recreation/simulation isn’t likely.


I’m not too sure I want things made simpler to understand. Being spoonfed plot details seems pointless and like it panders to people with the IQ of a turnip. You’re not meant to understand all the details at once or there would be no point to the show at all.

June 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm
(6) Brit American Who Fan says:

Naa Chris Eccleston was the worst of the new doctors. Almost everyone agrees Tennant was the best doctor. I think Smith and Tennant run hand in hand for best doctor. I agree with the show needing less “nonsense”. More storyline like the Tennant days would be fantastic, more like the Bad Wolf underplot, more characters like Donna. I mean if you’re gonna whine, whine like you mean it (Donna), not like Clara who comes off all posh and mousy. Viewers get tired of weak character pretty fast. Steven Moffat should not confuse nonsensical with lazy writing. The days of Billie Piper were intriguing and passionate!! As compared to the days of Martha, BLECH. Boring, watching her pine after him all the time and being Debbie Downer. Fans are typically intelligent, so write for an intelligent audience. We don’t focus on costume and mask.

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