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Published on December 9th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

No Split For Series 8 Says The Moff!

The news you’ve really been waiting for has been confirmed: Doctor Who Series 8 will be broadcast as a complete run!

Speaking at a BFI event on Sunday December 8th, Steven Moffat revealed that the first run of episodes (13, as far as we are aware) starring Peter Capaldi will be screened as part of a single season, as opposed to the split runs of 2011 and 2012/13, where Series 6 was split across Spring/early Summer and the Autumn, while Series 7 was split across Autumn and Spring/Summer.

Each scenario has proved wholly unsatisfactory for fans used to 13 episode runs from 2005-2008 and again in 2010, where the nuWho series length model became “the norm.”

Let’s hope that we can get back to those days!

(Via Digital Spy.)

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




7 Responses to No Split For Series 8 Says The Moff!

  1. rickjlundeen says:

    Thank God! A brand new a Doctor needs the same good long running start as every other one. We’re finally back on track.

    • vortexter says:

      Agreed Rick.6 weeks and a 6 month gap in between would alienate the audience and not give a new Doctor enough time to become familiar.

    • FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      Hopefully Capaldi’s future series won’t revert back to the split-season mode of Smith’s 2nd and 3rd series.

  2. Geoff says:

    I hate the split series tactic. Despite what Mr Moffat said about it being good because you’re never more than a few months away from new stories (which is true) it just seems like the show is hardly on for a few weeks before its gone again. The only concern I have is regarding how intensive the programme is to make and if producing all 13 in one run will affect that quality. Much as I didn’t like the last split year the quality of it was excellent, although that may be more to do with stripping back the complex story arc idea and going for great standalone adventures. I’m hoping that in the coming year we will see nostalgia and nods to the pastbe put aside for a good few years and a focus on the new and the now take over. By the end of this year it will have been a great party but it will also be time to move on.

  3. Neu 75 says:

    Another one in the eye for Rich Johnston…

  4. mrjohnm says:

    I wasn’t really very fond of the ‘spit’ seasons either. And to make matters worse, all that time we spent waiting could have been spent reading some original 11th Doctor novels. But they were not to be found!

  5. Ranger says:

    No, not a fan of the split season either (in fact I’ve not come across one person who liked the idea). Capaldi needs a good solid run to establish his credentials

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