As we have previously reported, the eighth series of Doctor Who will run continuously later this year, without a break mid-season as in previous years, and now show runner Steven Moffat has confirmed that the ninth series is planned for broadcast the year after, and will be shown in the same format.
According to Moffat, who is currently reaping the rewards from the third series of hit BBC detective show Sherlock, the ninth series is due to play out on screen in 2015, and like the eighth series will also run straight through without interruption.
Discussing the structure of the next two series’ of the show with Doctor Who magazine, Moffat explained:
“We’re not going to do splits [in series eight], and the same format will repeat exactly the following year like that – so it will be the traditional form,”
Filming for the eighth series of Doctor Who, which will mark Peter Capaldi’s full debut as the 12th Doctor, following Matt Smith’s Christmas Day exit which saw him regenerate into Capaldi, began earlier this week and is expected to air on our BBC screens this August.
Pictures of Capaldi on set with companion Jenna Coleman were released earlier in the week as the first two instalments of the new series, directed by Ben Wheatley, got underway.
On the new series, and in particular Capaldi’s characteristics as the new Time Lord, Moffat went on to explain how he thought it was time the show got a shake up by introducing a new, dangerous side to the Doctor, adding:
“There would be little point in making as radical a change as we’ve made unless you’re going to go quite different with the Doctor. The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors. But the Doctor isn’t always like that. There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.
“If we’d cast Ben Whishaw, you’d know what we were doing. You’d think, ‘Well, that’s another quirky young man with entertaining hair!’ And he’d be a brilliant Doctor, but Clara would just think, ‘Okay, you’ve rearranged yourself a bit…’”
“I think it was time for the show to flip around a bit. The new version of the show is quite old now. It’s very old… We need the kick-up-the-arse Doctor, in a way, to frighten you and make you think, oh, it’s a different show again.”
Doctor Who is set to return to our BBC screens this August – Watch the moment that Smith regenerated into Capaldi in the clip below: