Series 8 Air Date: A Big Clue?

Could three fiction books give us Whovians a clue as to when Doctor Who Series 8 will air in the UK?

Silhouette by Justin Richards, The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker, and The Blood Cell by James Goss are expected to continue the New Series Adventures range that began in 2005, but introduce Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor to the medium. The expected release date is Thursday 11th September 2014.

Of course, this could change, but it might mean that Episode 1 of Series 8 will air, as many suspected, on 30th August.

It would give audiences time to settle into the new series, said to be a run of “at least” 12 episodes with no break, before snapping the books off shelves nationwide. Essentially, it would mean readers will have seen Capaldi’s first episode (getting over his regeneration) and witnessed him in action properly in Episode 2.

It wouldn’t be the first time corresponding books were released so close to the start of a new Doctor’s era: The Stone RoseThe Feast of the Damned and The Resurrection Casket were all out two days before Series 2 even began; whilst Apollo 23Night of the Humans and The Forgotten Army came out on 22nd April 2010, the Eleventh Doctor having made his first full appearance in The Eleventh Hour, aired on 3rd April 2010.

Yes, all this could alter, but it’s basically what we were all expecting/hoping. Oh, and nonetheless, it’ll be great for Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald to have more adventures in the range, having only previously appeared in last year’s Shroud of Sorrow.

One thing’s for sure. Not. Long. Now.


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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