The wait for the next season of Doctor Who may soon be over… According to Ben Wheatly, the director of the first two episodes of the season, Series 8 will be hitting the airwaves this July. Wheatly recently told Uproxx that “I’ve got two more weeks shooting ‘Doctor Who,’ which hopefully is going to go in July.”
However, this is not a sure thing since the BBC has not announced it yet. Still, the plan has always been targeted to launching Doctor Who either in July or August, according to past statements.
Unlike Series 7, this upcoming season will not be split into two parts. All 13 episodes will be airing in a single run.
With regards to the content of the upcoming season, Matt Smith has made his feelings clear regarding whether or not Alex Kingston should return as River Song noting at New Orleans Comic Con that “I’m really possessive over Alex [Kingston]. I said this to Steven [Moffat]. I was like, ‘Listen, just don’t! Just not Alex. Anyone else, but don’t give [Capaldi] River.’ “But Peter is the Doctor now so hey, what can I do? But I am really proud of the fact that Alex was part of number Eleven’s life. My wife!”
Some fans have suggested that River be given her own spinoff, but fans have especially been vocal wanting a particular trio to get their own spinoff- The Paternoster Gang. The good news for Doctor Who fans is that Vastra, Jenny and Strax will be appearing in the premiere episode of Series 8.
The series recently saw a major change with the departure of Matt Smith as The Doctor. He was replaced in the lead role by Peter Capaldi. Throughout Doctor Who history, fourteen actors have played The Doctor with Richard Hurdnall taking over for William Hartnell for the 20th Anniversary episode “The Five Doctors” and John Hurt portraying The War Doctor in the 50th Anniversary “The Day of the Doctor”.
The decision to have different actors take over the role of The Doctor came about when Hartnell’s health began to fail him.
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