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Series 8 Goes Into a “Raw, Different Direction”

We all know that Series 8, which is due to screen in Autumn 2014, will be a bit different – but we might be surprised by how much.

Steven Moffat recently said that the direction of the next run will be something new… but it’ll still be business as usual:

“It changes all the time, and it’s keeping ahead of the audience in a way. All shows age and they all age sort of in the same way. You learn how to do it, you get really slick at it, and then you think you’re really, really slick at it and everyone’s started to yawn. And you think ‘oh God, we’re really slick at this but everyone knows what we’re going to do’… So now we’ve got to actually get a bit raw at it and do it in a different direction. It happens on every show – you get good at it and ‘good at it’ is the enemy in the end.”

Series 8, which starts filming next month, is the debut of the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, who was introduced in Christmas Day’s The Time of the Doctor, so this will obviously have an effect on the tone of Doctor Who. But does this mean darker? Or funnier? Or more diverse? Or simply, more multi-parters?

You’ll notice a wonderful shift between Series 4 (plus the Specials) and Series 5, as Moffat took over the reins from Russell T. Davies, but Moffat also told Nerd³:

“If Russell had stayed on, [Doctor Who] would still have changed. I remember when we had our handover chat, he was saying, ‘so what are you going to do? Are you going to change that?’ And I said, ‘well, what would you change?’ and we both agreed, ‘it’s time to kick a lot of stuff out’. And, actually, it is time again to do that.”

Autumn is a long way away, huh?

(Thanks to Anthony Ladegourdie.)


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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