Steven Moffat has said there will be “at least” 13 Doctor Who episodes in 2014.
In an interview with Broadcastnow, Moffat said there would be “at least” 13 episodes in 2014. He also spoke about the difficulty of juggling his current workload on the show.
He said: “There’s always a point in production, usually half-way, maybe two thirds, through a series when you realise you’re juggling at least one aspect of each show at once: maybe a press launch for one, another in the edit and I might not have written the last one.”
“You wake up in the night thinking about 13 emergencies, each of them equally calamitous. As a lifestyle choice, it’s questionable.”
“One of the hardest things for me to do is work out when I’ll have time to write,” he added.
“A whole week can disappear when I haven’t had a moment to sit down. I was amazed recently when I got a script ready in time for the tone meeting.”
Doctor Who will return with the 50th Anniversary special, ‘The Day of the Doctor’ on Saturday, 23rd November on BBC One.
Ben Wheatley will direct the opening two episodes of Doctor Who Series 8.
Wheatley said: "I am very excited and honoured to be asked to direct the first two episodes of the new series of Doctor Who. I’ve been a fan since childhood."
"I’m really looking forward to working with Peter Capaldi and finding out where Steven Moffat is planning to take the new Doctor."
Wheatley’s past credits include Sightseers (2012) and episodes of Ideal and The Wrong Door.
He most recently helmed A Field in England starring Reece Shearsmith, who will portray Patrick Troughton in ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary docudrama, due to air in November on BBC Two.
Neve McIntosh has confirmed that her character, Madame Vastra will return to Doctor Who in 2014.
In an interview with Flicks and the City, McIntosh said: “It will be sad not to be working with Matt again but I’m really looking forward to Peter taking over and seeing what he does with it. We’ll be helping the Doctor more, but I can’t say anything else.”
McIntosh is also keen for Vastra, Jenny and Strax to have their own spin-off show, exploring some more adult ideas, stating: “The sexual themes in Doctor Who should be talked about more and embraced more. It could be edgier and more dangerous.”
“We can do so much in Victorian times, it’s got that steampunk edge to it. Think how freaky that era was with the Elephant Man and all that and just add us into the mix, with time travel and all sorts of weird, wonderful stuff.”
Doctor Who Series 8, starring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald will begin filming in November 2013.
Doctor Who Series 8 to air in Autumn 2014.
It was originally rumoured that Series 8, Peter Capaldi’s debut series would not air until August 2014. Steven Moffat then said that late Summer 2014 was “probably right.”
Today, in the Media Guardian's 100 list, the section on Steven Moffat notes that Series 8 will not air until autumn 2014.
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 on BBC One, 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?
With filming on the run not beginning until January 2014 and the usual nine month filming schedule, autumn always seemed more likely.
Series 8 is rumoured to be a 12 episode run, rather than the usual 13 episodes in each series.
Neil Cross has confirmed that he will write at least one episode for Doctor Who Series 8.
Cross wrote Series 7 episodes ‘The Rings of Akhaten’ and ‘Hide’, which aired earlier this year.
The writer told Stuff.co.nz: “I am going back. I have got story ideas tucked away, but if I told you about them I would have to kill you. There’s a whole bunch of stuff I want to do. Steven [Moffat] is clearly very busy with the 50th Anniversary special and Christmas special, but I have to find out from Steven what his intentions for the Doctor are and what sort of stories he wants me to write.”
Series 8 will begin filming in January 2014, and will air on BBC One in August 2014. This will be Peter Capaldi’s first series as the 12th Doctor.
Filming begins on Doctor Who Series 8 in January 2014, according to Jenna Coleman.
In an interview with Zap2it, Coleman revealed: “It still feels very much like I’m at the beginning, but what’s quite nice is I’m working on [Death Comes to Pemberley] at the moment. I sort of have a break and then I have another break, after Matt [Smith] goes, later in the year because I know I’m not shooting [Doctor Who] until January . It means I get to explore other projects and come back, and that keeps me very happy.”
Series 8 begins filming in January 2014, and is due to air in August 2014 on BBC One & BBC One HD. This will be Peter Capaldi’s first series as the Twelfth Doctor.
New Writer for Doctor Who Series 8.
Last year, Jack Lothian was one of the writers who reportedly wrote an episode for Series 7, however, his episode never happened.
His online CV has been updated and Lothian’s script is currently listed as being “in development.” for Series 8 instead.
Lothian is a new writer for Doctor Who. His recent writing credits include: Skins, Beaver Falls, Sinbad, Death in Paradise and Doc Martin.
It looks as though we can expect to see another episode penned by Mark Gatiss in Series 8 next year.
Speaking about writing for Doctor Who, he touched on the challenge of writing for a new Doctor:
"It is lovely to write for the series when you have never done it before, but to continue to do so and to make new things for a new Doctor, it is a kind of different challenge."
He was also asked about whether he would be interested in taking over as head writer when Steven Moffat eventually departs the show.
"Steven will never leave. I hope that he will never leave! I can’t say much about it, life is too complicated and strange to know when this sort of thing will happen."
(Interview Via TARDIB)
Chris Chibnall is hoping to write new episodes for Doctor Who Series 8.
Chibnall – who previously wrote ‘42’, ‘The Hungry Earth’, ‘Cold Blood’, ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ and ‘The Power of Three’, said it is still dependent on schedules and his workload on Series Two of the hit ITV crime drama, Broadchurch.
He told Mirror.co.uk: “If we can get the schedules to work I will write for series eight, but obviously Broadchurch is my priority and that’s no small commitment. If their schedule and our schedule can work together then I’ll nip in and do one. Steven (Moffat) has asked and that’s very nice but it will just depend on the detail of schedules.”
Matt Smith could also appear in Series Two of Broadchurch, according to the Mirror’s source.
Chibnall appeared open to the idea: “I’d love to work with Matt again, he’s absolutely brilliant. I’d absolutely work with him at the drop of a fez. Matt is a brilliant actor and he can effortlessly become an even bigger star than he is already. The thing is he’s trans-formative and brilliant I think it’s great he’s off doing this movie role as a little break.”