For those of you wanting some good news about “Doctor Who” season 8 (which still appears to be very far on the horizon), know this: When the show does premiere with some new episodes later in 2014, there will not be any waiting in the middle of the season.
Showrunner Steven Moffat has, per sources, confirmed that the upcoming season with Peter Capaldi will not be running with any sort of “split” pattern, which has been a tradition as of late with a number of other shows, including this one. The entire season is going to run straight through on the BBC, and could even potentially create quite the power-block for the network when you consider that it will be paired (pending some sort of schedule change) alongside “Strictly Come Dancing,” one of the biggest hits on TV in terms of total viewers.
If this scheduling pattern holds, this also means some very bad things for a rival series over on ITV in “The X Factor.” The show has already had enough trouble competing against the ballroom dancing competition, but can you imagine fighting both this and the Time Lord at the same time? It may be more trouble than it can really bear over the course of the entire season.
Capaldi made his first appearance during the 50th Anniversary Special “The Day of the Doctor,” even if it was as brief as brief can be. He will presumably have a little bit more of a role in the Christmas Special “The Time of the Doctor,” as Matt Smith’s character will have to regenerate in order for Capaldi to begin his time as #12. Following this holiday special, that is when the extremely long waiting period is set to begin.
What do you think about running the entire “Doctor Who” season at once: Is it a smart move? Share your thoughts below! Also, click here if you want to see the latest (and rather fun) photos from the upcoming Christmas special.