Season 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!