Bad news, ‘Doctor Who’ fans: Season eight won’t premiere until fall 2014


doctor-who-season-eight-fall-2014Season eight will be a big season for Doctor Who: it’s the first time Peter Capaldi will helm the show as the twelfth Doctor after taking the torch from Matt Smith, the current (and eleventh) Doctor on Doctor Who.

However, fans will be waiting nearly a year after being introduced to Peter Capaldi in the upcoming Christmas Special. It was announced earlier today that season eight of the Doctor Who revival will not hit television until fall 2014.

The information was revealed in The Guardian’s profile of Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. The article states:

Doctor Who may not be quite the force it was when it returned with Christopher Eccleston and in its David Tennant heyday in the UK, but has a growing audience in the US on cable channel BBC America.

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?

Disappointing news, for sure! Fans have already waited nearly six months for the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special following the season finale of season seven, before having to wait another month for the show’s Christmas Special. Following that, we’ll be waiting another eleven months for season eight. That’s a lot of waiting… and a lot of time to “recharge their batteries”.

As disappointed as we may be, Doctor Who fans are notorious for their patience. We waited how long for a ninth Doctor?!

Doctor Who will return in November for the 50th Anniversary Special, on Christmas for the show’s Christmas Special, and in fall 2014 for season eight!


About Author

Mike Macauley

Mike Macauley is the founder and editor in chief of He also founded and runs, the official Inheritance Cycle community, and published his book, The Inheritance Almanac, in 2011. Mike can be found on Twitter at @mikemacauley.

  • imstillhungry95

    Booooooooooooooo… This is not very nice of the BBC

    • I can’t really see the logic behind it, other than that Moffat and company have other obligations. In that case, start making them focus a bit more on one show.

      • imstillhungry95

        There really is no logic behind it at all. And it’s not like Moffat has that many other obligations. A look at his IMDB page tells me all he has going is DW and Sherlock. Sherlock is three episodes a year, and they’re already almost done filming for 2014 season.

        • imstillhungry95

          Let me rephrase. There’s no logic that’s readily apparent. Maybe there’s something that they think is a good reason

    • Bob Johnson

      J.J. Abrams ought to take over Doctor Who. We wouldn’t have to wait gut wrenching months and months. Clara and the Doctor were starting to get very close. Just wait until old ass Peter tries to get close. Are they trying to put an end to DW? Hey Mufett give us a break.

    • Bob Johnson

      Peter Capaldi .. Are you f …. g joking? Matt Smith ought to take a Tylenol and try regenerating again. Craig Ferguson expressed an interest at one time.

  • They tried something like that around the time of the Sixth Doctor when they were trying to kill the show. It worked (but they forgot that the show could regenerate after so many years).

    • This time, however, we know for sure they aren’t trying to kill the show. It’s a cash cow for BBC and the tentpole of BBC America. They don’t want it gone.