Series 8 in September 2014?

Moffat BAFTA

According to the Guardian, You are the No.1 most powerful person in the media and Moffat is 87th. They also say we’ll be waiting until Autumn 2014 for the next full series. (I would use a *sad smiley* here but I respect You too much, dear reader…)

“It will not return next year until the autumn, giving it plenty of time to recharge batteries. And what better way to do that than with a new Doctor?”

So after the 50th special (shiver) and a regeneration this Christmas (tingle) we’ll be back to waiting. Waiting to see what Peter Capaldi can do with the role with that acid tongue, amazing hair and TERRIFYING eyes. But we’re pretty good at waiting. It’s time to reflect on the fruits of the Whoniverse so far but also to dream up the rest while our imaginations go crazy (what will he look like, what will he sound like?!).

Matt Smith as the Doctor in 2011's The Impossible Astronaut

The Guardian also points out that Moffat, with Doctor Who and the return of Sherlock later this year, is one of the BBC’s “most important programme-makers” They rank Chris Chibnall not far behind at No.91 largely because of the runaway success of his dark whodunit, Broadchurch which is set for an American make-over. Interestingly they also had this to say about our beloved telly show:

Doctor Who may not be quite the force it was when it returned with Christopher Eccleston and in its David Tennant heyday in the UK, but has a growing audience in the US on cable channel BBC America.”

Not quite the force?! They might be right, insofar as nothing seems to cause more hysteria than Tennant’s quiff but I find this a surprising comment. Has the Moffat lead us into an era that’s loftier but more niche? I’m not sure whether I would prefer the show to be uber-popular over here and unheard of elsewhere, or flagging in the UK (as if that were possible!) but lighting up minds overseas.

My view is the show has grown up a bit with Moffat and it looks set to do a bit more growing up with Capaldi in the role. So what do you think? What will our show look like come Autumn 2014? And has it lost some appeal at home only to win hearts in more exotic climes…?


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