‘Doctor Who’ Season 8 Begins Filming; First Official Peter Capaldi Image

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2013 was a significant year for Doctor Who fans, between the premiere of the series’ 50th anniversary special (a feature-length episode that was even screened in 3D theaters) and the departure of Matt Smith as the… well, for argument’s sake, let’s just call him the most recent regeneration of the millennium-old wayward Time Lord (read our regeneration count explanation, for more details).

Steven Moffat will remain the lead writer/executive producer on the rebooted Doctor Who for the show’s eighth season (for better… or worse), which has begun production in the Cardiff studios, according to an official press release newly-issued by the BBC.

The 2013 Doctor Who Christmas episode,”The Time of the Doctor”, revealed Smith’s successor to the Doctor throne (see the featured video above): Peter Capaldi, the acclaimed Scottish actor known in recent years for his roles on British series The Thick of It and The Hour (he also secured an Oscar for co-directing the short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life in 1995). Capaldi will begin his run on Doctor Who alongside Jenna-Louise Coleman reprising as Smith’s last companion, Clara “The Impossible Girl” Oswald, who served as witness to Capaldi’s onscreen debut in the Doctor’s most recent Christmas adventure.

Here is the official statement from Capaldi, followed by a photo of him on the Doctor Who Cardiff set alongside Coleman (with both dressed for a scene that clearly takes place in the immediate aftermath of “The Time of the Doctor”):

“New job, first day, slightly nervous. Just like the Doctor, I’m emerging from the TARDIS into a whole other world.”

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Moffat joked about the piecemeal approach to parting the curtains for Capaldi (which began in the 50th anniversary special), with his own statement on season 8 beginning production:

“First the eyebrows! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”

That said: those who haven’t been so keen on Moffat’s direction with Doctor Who throughout the past year (which includes series 7 and the aforementioned specials) can take comfort in knowing that there will be new(ish) blood working behind the scenes, in addition to onscreen. Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures producer Brian Minchin is coming aboard as executive producer for Doctor Who season 8 – prompting speculation that he could takeover as header showrunner, once Moffat steps away. Minchin’s fellow Sarah Jane Adventures alum Nikki Wilson will also produce the eighth Who series, alongside Peter Bennett (who produced series 5).

Similarly, the first two episodes of Capaldi’s first run as the Doctor will be helmed by Ben Wheatley, director of gritty drama/thrillers Kill List and A Field in England – someone who could instill some fresh air into the show’s Moffat-era proceedings, like screenwriter Neil Cross (creator of Luther) managed with the S7 episodes “The Rings of Akhaten” and “Hide”.

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Doctor Who Season 8 is expected to begin airing by Autumn 2014.

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  1. Aww why did that thumbnail need to be the first thing on the page? It still hurts. Bowties will always be cool :’(

    • On screenrant podcast
      Kofi Outlaw @ Anthony Ocasio
      “Did you start crying when he dropped that bow tie?”

  2. Capaldi looks promising. Love the eyes/stare!

    • I like him as an actor but I’m not sure about the outfit displayed in the picture. Too generic, in this case, FAR TOO Malcolm Tucker-ish.

      They should have been a bit more experimental, moving away from the guy-in-an-ordinary-suit-kind-of-approach, moving further in the classic realm of Doctors. His eyes/stare come off as a darker version of Tom Baker and I think they should have reprised parts of his cult outfit… A scarf, if not THE scarf, some sort of torn hobo blazer, Freddy Kruger headware, you name it…

      • Well I think it’s the same outfit the 11th wore before he regenerates. Possibly at the end of the first episode, we’ll see Capaldi’s Doctor change his outfit that fits him more appropriate.

      • This is not going to be his outfit. He’s still wearing Eleven’s clothes, seeing as this is the IMMEDIATE aftermath of the The Time of the Doctor.

      • @Smike That’s Matt Smith’s outfit from the Christmas special that he’s wearing, meaning they’re probably filming the immediate post-regeneration scenes at the moment. I don’t think they’ve revealed Capaldi’s outfit yet.

  3. Confused as to how variable Moffat’s quality can be. Would love some understandable and intelligible plot lines this season though, with real emotional resonance as opposed to the underdeveloped bombastic psuedo-emotion that we’ve been getting recently.

    (though the 50th was brill!)

    • Doctor Who is second fiddle to Sherlock. I don’t violently hate SM and want to disembowel him like some people do, but he does need to hand the reins over to someone else…

      • “…but he does need to hand the reins over to someone else…”

        Agreed, though I am huge fan of him as a writer. Loved “Blink” and “Silence in the Library”, two of my all-time favs, but he is not the right guy as a showrunner. I don’t want him to become the new show’s John Nathan-Turner or Rick Berman. The ability of stepping down at the right moment is a gift…especially if you aren’t a fan favourite…

        • Agreed to both. Such a strong writer… usually! But just doesn’t seem to be the guy for SR, at least not anymore! Really liked the first 1/2 seasons of Matt Smith… after that, just got weirder..

          If they could find a better SR, and keep him as an occasional (awesome) writer, that’d be best.

          And yeah, it does seem like Sherlock may be eating up his time/talent…

          • He seems better on Sherlock than he does on Doctor Who because Doctor Who is entirely original stories and Sherlock is just classic stories rewritten for a modern setting.

            I think that about says it all for Moffatt as a writer.

            • Moffat is excellent in a controlled environment with someone watching over his shoulder as RTD did ! But otherwise just can agree with above comments..he loses so easily the focus in his stories ! They are so polluted,and messy..too much going on in 40 minutes,with so many things coming out of nowhere !

              Keep him on as a writer with another Showrunner and we hopefully get back to a much more clear focused story telling as it was !

              • Easier said than done. What most of the anti-Moffat brigade fail to realise is that when RTD announced his departure from the show, Steven Moffat was the only obvious successor. As of now, there is no obvious successor, all the names so far mentioned (Chibnall, Roberts, Whithouse,Gattiss, Gaiman) either don’t want the job, are too busy with other projects, or divide fandom with hit-and-miss episodes. And what makes anyone think once Moffat steps down who’s going to want to continue writing for the show? When RTD quit he didn’t and does not want to come back despite Moffat asking him every year.

  4. people people, that is NOT what capaldi’s doctor will look like, from first glance alone I noticed that he’s wearing what matt smith was wearing when he regenerated. if anything this image is not so different to the first of matt from when they were shooting his first episode, in which he was wearing some of david tenants old clothes

  5. In the photo, he looks like a bit younger clint eastwood, eh? :D

  6. I think Capaldi’s experience alone will be a boon to the show. I imagine his opinion will hold weight with Moffat and along with the other additions to the show I really think we’ll be seeing a more grounded and precise season this go. Can’t wait!

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