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Moffat Teases “Major Foe” For Series 8

moffat-tardis-aSteven Moffat has teased that a “major foe” will be back in Series 8.

Speaking in a BBC interview he said: “We’ve got some cracking new monsters – the Teller. And we’ve got some cracking old monsters – the Daleks will be back. Another major foe will be making a return, but more of that later.”

Of course he could be referring to the Cybermen, but they were officially announced so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Start your Master, Rani, Omega, Kandy Man speculation now!

Moffat also teased: “We’re going to see what haunts the Doctor…”

See the full interview below, which also features Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi talking about what’s to come.

Step back in time...

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attempted fan 1997
attempted fan 1997

I think it'd be fresh and original if they for series 9 of course had a human villain as the major series antagonist but someone that we had met before that one of the doctors had disgruntled enough to cause such hatred people for example: Adam Mitchell would be Ideal, or someone from this new series who we haven't met yet or say for instance Journey. I don't know I'm just getting a bit fed up with alien major foes even though humans are just as deadly.




SeanBennion
SeanBennion

Does anyone else think Claire King would be ideal to play the Rani?



mrsdrg
mrsdrg

I would have accepted an update to the series opening, to give it the new Dr's personality - but to alter my treasured memories of the opening sequence to an unrecognisable, and somewhat 'disney' opening - well, its disappointing

The Finn
The Finn

Classic monster, methinks.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

I would love a Time Lady enemy in the New Series. I always hoped it wouldn't be the Rani, but right now I wouldn't be complaining if it was - I'm fairly confident she could be reinvented properly. It will probably be the Master though, as much as I don't like him in the new series many people feel he's due for a comeback.


Oodkind is nuking spiders.
Oodkind is nuking spiders.

Matt regenerated on the clocktower. Then he was young, and regenerated again. We were led to believe that he reset himself, but what if the first regeneration created the Valeyard?

Benvenfold
Benvenfold

I actually wouldn't be suprised if it was Sutekh, especially since we have an Egyptian-themed episode and he was potentially the best one-off villain in Doctor Who (Tied with the Dream Lord in my eyes but whatever)

madmckenna
madmckenna

I'm calling Davros since his voice was in the trailer...

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

It's the Lanyard.  They've been a weight around his neck for centuries!

Gallade Zero
Gallade Zero

You're all wrong. It's obviously the Vervoids.

007 Bond 50
007 Bond 50

l hope it's a a Classic Villain since l never watched Classic Who.

MikeFalino
MikeFalino

I'll say it again, and I'll never stop saying it... please, or freaking please be the Rani!

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I would love Omega to come back or the master but i bet the great intelligence will be back

Sam Davern
Sam Davern

Going by the “We’re going to see what haunts the Doctor…” comment, I would be inclined to think the Valeyard more than the Master.

DoctarHoo
DoctarHoo

The major foe has been confirmed! it's Steven Moffat! :OOO

Peter and the Who
Peter and the Who

Seriously, folks, the answer is SUPER clear from the way Moffat spoke about it.

Here's what happens at Christmas:


2005. 

RTD returns to the show as a fictionalized version of himself, writing a show about the Doctor called "Dr. Whoever". This is a reboot of an earlier BBC show called "Doctor NoName" that was cancelled because the PM determined it was no longer "appropriate" for the children of Britain due to it being both "too scary" and "too silly". Proof that it caused both cavities and psychosis in those under the age of 14 didn't help.

Clara, having left the Doctor and married Danny Pink, is kidnapped by RTD's minion, John Barrowman (returning to the show as himself but PLAYING a character called "Captain Jacko") so that RTD can interrogate her for information about The Doctor using a strange device that RTD found on his keyboard one morning while he had writer's block.


The Doctor arrives to stop the world from learning the truth about him and attempts to stop RTD from shooting the pilot episode of the show. This requires him to replace the original actor in the pilot (Eccleston, but done using old behind the scenes footage, except for one newly shot sequence where he turns to the camera and says "I don't even want to BE here".) Having done that, he proceeds to turn the TEMPEST (Time Equals Mass Plus Everything Sans Timelords) into an actual TARDIS in order to take the crew to the future and show RTD what will happen if he continues to make the TV show.


What we see is that IF the show is made, it runs on BBC and becomes a world-wide sensation in only a few years. It becomes all that anyone watches, 24 hours a day, turning the human population into nothing but zombified couch potatoes. They don't exercise, work, or even eat--all they do is watch Dr. Whoever. RTD is horrified--but there is worse to come.


The Doctor tracks down that those who die while watching Dr. Whoever seem to disappear. With RTD as the companion for the episode, they trace the disappearance and find that the moment humans die watching the show, their entire bodies--minds, souls, flesh--are downloaded into the BBC IPlayer apps on their computers or smart TVs. RTD suggests that he had a story idea like this--that perhaps this 'Great Intelligentsia' might utilize people in order to increase its knowledge. The Doctor smirks slightly and says, 'Nah. Already took care of that story. This is FAR worse.'

Digging deeper, they track the IPlayer data transmissions to the Cardiff BBC headquarters, where the Doctor momentarily stops to check whether the Rift in Cardiff has opened. It has, indeed, and something has come through--but Torchwood is no longer there to stop it.

Whatever came through did so soon after Torchwood was closed down and has implanted itself into the BBC staff. But who or what could it be?


That's when the Doctor uses his sonic to retune the broadcast, looking for a deeper connection. He finds one. The reason Doctor Whoever is so popular is not because the show is good (we see several recreated scenes from the past few seasons, all done as badly as Galaxy Quest), but because there is an underlying hypnotic message hidden in the recordings. Deep inside the transmission, a single message is being repeated over and over:


'Worship him. Worship Tomas Teffnev."


'But Tomas...he's just a writer on the show!' RTD is confused as the Doctor turns and races through the building. He eventually finds this Tomas sitting in front of his computer, energy pouring from the screen into his body. The Doctor and he fight and in the end, Tomas falls from the top of the Cardiff building, crashing dead to the ground.


The Doctor turns to RTD and says, "Now do you understand why I cannot be made into a popular television show?" RTD nods and the Doctor takes the TEMPEST back to the original studio, where RTD shuts the production down and turns it into a relaunch of "The Young Ones".


The Doctor goes to release Clara, only to find that Tomas is there, ready to kill her. 'You may have thwarted my plans this time, Doctor, but at most you've bought yourself a year or two. Maybe five. In the end, I will use you to take over this world once and for all, and everything you will have ever done to save them will be for naught as they will worship ME while thinking they are loving YOU.'


The Doctor manages to free Clara from Tomas but in the process, Clara accidentally electrocutes Tomas. As she and the Doctor watch, Tomas dies...and then regenerates into Steven Moffat (playing himself). Only then does the Doctor realize who he's facing.


'That's right,' says Steven (fictional), 'I am The Valeyard. You thought you escaped me because of Trenzalore and a rebooted regeneration cycle. Instead, all you did was start the process that creates me.' He steps forward into a close-up. 'I am what you become, Doctor. I was the one who framed you for murder on Gallifrey. I was the one who persuaded them to lock you on Earth. I made the Slitheen come to Earth. I AM the Nestene Consciousness. I am the father of the Bad Wolf. I am the one who gave Davros the program schematics for his Daleks. I am the one who offered the Pandorica for cheap on craigslist. I am the one who tuned the Weeping Angels to give them their temporal capabilities through a little genetic program that I did one evening when I was bored and I had nothing to binge watch on Netflix. Every foe you have ever faced, I was behind.'


'I am your greatest foe. And this time, it's you or me."


End credtis, cliffhanger, etc.



Doesn't everyone see what's coming this easily? It's right there in what he said.



(*Note--this is done in good humor, as I adore ALL of the new series, RTD and Moffat combined. I think they're radically different, but each has equal value as I have remembered while watching random episodes from every season over this week.)

Doctor When
Doctor When

BREAKING NEWS: Moffat has just confirmed there will a sequel to The Power of Three in series 8 and will feature The Abzorbaloff, Chloe Webber and The Kandyman! Cushions at the ready guys!

pinkdalek
pinkdalek

I reckon it will be the Black Guardian.

RachelHirschhaut
RachelHirschhaut

It's the Valeyard.

Imagine the Doctor and Clara have to fight all the one-off monsters, the big bad of the season.. and the Doctor himself. 


MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

I would like it if we had the Yeti. They should have come back in The Snowmen but......


Fall of the Eleventh
Fall of the Eleventh

BBC America has had a whole Who take over week & a lot of the episodes have made me think. At the end of one episode, sorry can't remember which one, the Doctor gets a call about an Egyptian mummy loose on a train but that was all that was mentioned almost like a throw away line. But Moffat did say the Doctor catches up on phone calls at one point in this season. I think series 8 will be really connected with past episodes, more so than at any time before.

I also still expect to see Davros or The Valeyard at some point. A regular dalek even the Supreme Dalek wouldn't speak to the Doctor like the voice in the teaser.

Padaster
Padaster

Abzorbaloff Confirmed then!

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@Oodkind I really, really like that. Not only is it obviously good timing, we keep hearing about how the series will be darker. Bridging the gap between the Valeyard and the Doctor himself would definitely be interesting...

nathew
nathew

I like to think that the valeyard was created when the doctor stepped into his own timeline on trenzalore and split himself across his entire life. Valeyard, watcher, curator, etc.

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

@Oodkind that could happen there was a gap plenty of time for the valeyard to be split off

Scootersfood
Scootersfood

@007 Bond 50 Well they've been bringing back at least one each series so far unless i'm mistaken, so it very well could be!

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

He gets a call regarding an Egyptian Godess Loose on the Orient Express, and one of the episode titles is called Mummy of The Orient Express, so it can't be coincidence.

Doctor When
Doctor When

'She tastes like chicken' that line would give anyone nightmares!


The Moment
The Moment

I mean thinking why didn't the Doctor go straight away.

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