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Series 8: The Almost Complete Line-Up

Series 8 Confirmed for August, First Teaser Trailer

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#475) confirms more filming blocks for Series 8.

New writer Jamie Mathieson has in fact contributed two stories this year: episode 8 and episode 9. Both of which have now completed principal photography but in separate blocks (Blocks 4 and 5, respectively).

The finale, directed by Rachel Talalay (Block 6), had its readthough on 12th June with filming still ongoing.

That leaves just episode 10 now with a question mark over its writer and director.

For clarity, the Series 8 line-up is now as follows:

  • 801. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Filmed (Block 1).
  • 802. Written by Phil Ford. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Filmed (Block 1).
  • 803. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Paul Murphy. Filmed (Block 3).
  • 804. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Filmed (Block 2).
  • 805. Written by Steve Thompson. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Filmed (Block 2).
  • 806. Written by Gareth Roberts. Directed by Paul Murphy. Filmed (Block 3).
  • 807. Written by Peter Harness. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst. Filmed (Block 4).
  • 808. Written by Jamie Mathieson. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst. Filmed (Block 4).
  • 809. Written by Jamie Mathieson. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Filmed. (Block 5).
  • 810. Written by TBC. Directed by TBC (Block 7?).
  • 811/12. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay. Filming. (Block 6).
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andyot7777
andyot7777

What if the 10th episode is the Peter Jackson directed episode. It's highly unlikely but the fact that it's the one without that information revealed and the stuff about the finale is already revealed, it'd make some sense.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

The latest DWM has confirmed that Block 6 will be the final filming block of the series. This "episode 10" you refer to doesn't exist (or rather it is the first part of the finale).

Mr 11
Mr 11

Other than Mark Gatiss (I do like his stories but I just don't find many of them outstanding) and Steve Thompson, I'm happy with the writing line up and very happy to see some new faces! It's a privilege to have Ben Wheatley and Rachael Talalay (nice to have a female director) on board and Douglas Mackinnon's work is consistently brilliant. All round Capaldi's first series should be solid!

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

This looks like a great line-up for Peter's first series. But I do have to ask has there actually been any particular reason that has been stated by either the BBC or Moffat explaining why there's a reduction in episodes? I don't 100% mind as long as there is a good enough reasoning. My biggest hope is that with there being one less episode that means that five extra minutes has been added to the rest of the episodes making them all 50 minutes in length instead of 45 minutes. But I guess we'll have to see.

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

So, are 8 and 9 a two-parter or just two consecutive episodes written by the same person?

Seekles
Seekles

It makes me smile that The Time of the Doctor was episode 800, which coincides nicely with S8, so each episode could be 8.01, 8.02 or 801, 802, etc.

gunslinger19
gunslinger19

really hoping Whitehouse returns for episode 10 he wrote Mercy (my favorite episode!).

Sharaz_Jek
Sharaz_Jek

Am I right to presume that Episode 13 was replaced by the Christmas special. Looking at the schedule it doesn't look like there would be time to make a Christmas special

DrZalgo
DrZalgo

I'm assuming that if Episode 10 is written by a famous guest writer, it might link back to those Frank Coterill-Boyce rumours of a few months back.

josephwhovian
josephwhovian

Hopefully one less episode can mean longer episodes


Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

I know I mentioned it further down in the comments but a certain someone was awarded an oscar for his short film which he wrote and directed. How would people feel if Peter Capaldi was the writer and director for episode ten...?

HitchcockWhovian
HitchcockWhovian

Would love to see Toby Whithouse have a go at a dark, Doctor-lite story - he previously said he's favourite episodes were Blink and Midnight. Fingers crossed. 

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I can only assume that the mysterious Episode 10 will be written by someone very special, that they'll want to either keep secret or make a big press release about. That would probably rule out the likes of Gatiss, Cross or even Moffat himself.

I'd be VERY worried if the writer was blank because they haven't finalised who's writing that episode yet!

geronimon
geronimon

It's a pity there are no female writers again but a big relief to have Rachel Talalay directing two episodes this time.

NumberNine
NumberNine

Still room for a Peter Jackson episode, then!!!

ilyootha is back in home Universe
ilyootha is back in home Universe

Didn't Neil Cross confirm that he was writing for Series 8? I guess he's the writer for episode 10. I doubt it's Gatiss' second episode, because he said it's not necessary going to be in Series 8.


pearls994ever
pearls994ever

Episode 8 & 9 two-parter? Fingers crossed. Love the two-parters.

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

So what if there's one less episode? At least there are episodes, and we're getting them in a full run with no breaks! Perhaps it's time for another stretch of wilderness years so that we learn to appreciate what we have.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@andyot7777 Well, not necessarily. The finale was of course going to be written by Steven Moffat, because he is the head writer. That's just a given.

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

They're going to film it after the tour.

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

Ep 10 is most likely Neil Cross, Cottrell-Boyce's has been pushed back to series 9 I presume.

Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

Even if each episode is only 5 minutes longer, we end up getting more who than we normally would.

13 episode series @ 45 mins each = aprx 585 mins.

12 episode series @ 50 mins each = aprx 600 mins.

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We get aprx 15 minutes more

Seekles
Seekles

@Lemonhead118 I have mentioned that on the site before. I would have absolutely no objection if Peter was to write or direct (I'm not sure about both at the same time, but I couldn't judge) as well as starring, whether it'd be a full on Doctor story or a Doctor-lite. It would only be like, say, Bryan Cranston directing the odd Breaking Bad episode.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

@Lemonhead118 A bit soon for such a move -- remember that they're still feeling out changes to the storyline format. If Capaldi stuck around for series 10, he might request to direct a "Doctor Lite" story if one came up that caught his attention.

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

He's not written anything for a good while though. I think he's happy being the lead actor.

Sharaz_Jek
Sharaz_Jek

@Lemonhead118 I'd say not while he is also the main actor. Maybe in a few years, after he has left the show he can return to direct or write - would be good publicity

plasticsoulman
plasticsoulman

Same Rachel Talalay who had a massive role throughout the Elm Street series, even directed one of them, maybe Freddy Kruger is gonna be next series' big bad!

Lemonhead118
Lemonhead118

You'd expect him to have a finale or something.

The Finn
The Finn

@ilyootha I think the actual quote was he's been "invited back". That might mean he's busy with other projects.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

But only 1, unfortunately. Although 8 and 9 are written by the same person, so let's hope

TheSoundofDrums
TheSoundofDrums

Never thought of that. That would make sense actually.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

@josephwhovian @TheSoundofDrums Since Christmas Special are usually over an hour anyway, I don't think it's necessary for a two part Christmas Special. I prefer Christmas Specials when they're just fun episodes, with little conncetion to the overall plot. Like 'The Runaway Bride'; althoguh that did incidently link to Donna later. And 'The Christmas Invasion' I do also consider a fun one, except I guess that does have some important story to it, as it is partly about The Doctor recovering from a regeneration problems.



ahunter8056
ahunter8056

@The Finn @TheOncomingStorm I really hope that they turn out to be a two parter. Having only one two parter in a whole series is ridiculous. I don't understand why the perfect Series 1-5 format has been tampered with.

BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@Lemonhead118 He isn't talking about how much time total we're given. He's hoping the episodes will be longer and thus be given a bit more time to breathe.

KevinGil1
KevinGil1

@Lemonhead118 Probably not a finale, but a nice, big two parter smack in the middle of season 9 or 10 would be the best way to make the most out of his directing gig, both creatively and on a marketing level.

Ollie Walton Harrod
Ollie Walton Harrod

I don't think it's a good idea to change episode lengths. They're fine as they are.