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Matt Smith as the Doctor

Where’s Series 8 Then?


Everyone’s getting pretty excited about the last half of Series 7 being scheduled for April next year and that from there preparations will begin for the 50th anniversary episode and then the inevitable Christmas special. I won’t lie, I’m glad to hear about all these things as well.

Matt Smith as the Doctor


Well, shouldn’t the anniversary year of Doctor Who have a series all to itself rather than having to make do with the left overs from the previous year? Doesn’t anyone else see this as a bit of an anti-climax? Wasn’t anyone else hoping that the Anniversary Special was going to be found in the midst of a Series 8 run?

I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m very, very excited about the forthcoming special. Honestly, I am. It’s just that I was hoping for something a little, well, more.

Not that I was expecting the heavens to open and multiple Doctors to descend in a hail of TARDISes, I’m not getting hung up on past incarnations appearing, although I’d be delighted if they did, I would just like a full years worth of Who to celebrate fifty years. Thirteen full episodes, not the seven or eight that seem to be on offer.

Although I must confess to being quite excited about some of the episodes that are coming our way in 2013. Neil Gaiman writing the Cybermen? Steven Moffat handling the Anniversary Special personally? Oh yes! Mark Gatiss on Period Drama duty? Oh my!

I’m just a little disappointed is all.

Am I being overly critical? Jumping the gun?

More to the point; am I alone?


Alasdair Shaw dabbled in Who throughout the 80s, but didn’t really get into it properly until 1989. His sense of timing has not improved over the years. He’s a third generation Who fan as well as a father of three. When not working as a lab technician or writing for Kasterborous Alasdair runs the Doctor Who Reprint Society for which he writes In Print and Dangling Threads. He’s a big fan of the Valeyard, but that’s neither here nor there. He has never worked for UNIT and is not related to Dr Liz Shaw.

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