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Summer Broadcast for Doctor Who Series 8?

doctor-who-2013-logoIs Series 8 of Doctor Who going to air slightly earlier than originally thought?

Previous reports have pointed to an Autumn air date but Ben Wheatley, director of the first two episodes of Series 8, might have indicated that the show could be back sooner

In a recent interview with Uproxx Wheatley briefly mentions Doctor Who stating:

“I’ve got two more weeks shooting Doctor Who, which hopefully is going to go in July.”

Of course his wording is a little open to interpretation and scheduling frequently changes, but let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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143 comments
Doge69
Doge69

why cant we have it in spring like we used to :(

Bucstop.com-Niko
Bucstop.com-Niko

Its feels like forever since we've had a real season of Doctor who to watch. Not since Season 6 really in 2011, when we got 6 episodes from april to June 4th then 6 more Aug 27th till Oct. A three month break is ok in between. but season 7 to me was just a 5 episode season from Sept 1 2012 to sept 29th 2012. Thats it. 6 months later March 30th Dr. Who returned but with Amy gone, it was like a new season. I actually labeled it as season 8! From 3/30 to May 18th we got 8 episodes. That was one full year ago! Not counting the Christmas episodes, and yes it was nice to have what I feel like was a feature film event with the Matt Smith Name/Time of the Doctor shows, we haven't had episodes of Dr Who in a full year. To me this is just like when the end of season 4 found Dr Who existing only in 5 specials throughout the year, Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Waters of Mars and End of Time Pts One and Two. That was clearly a time of transition from Russel Davies to current regime. As popular as Dr Who is, you would think they would feed us more of it!! So its nice to know season 9, or rather, 8, will be consecutive broadcast starting in a few months. So lets shoot for July people!! 






SusanSe1
SusanSe1

So when will it be airing on BBC America? I have no nails left in anticipation for season 8!

OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

As much as I would love Series 8 to air in the Summer, I hope it doesn't because it certainly won't do the ratings any favours. It would have to be put on around 8pm, 8:30pm to sustain viewing figures. 

aab0289
aab0289

Easter would be interesting, new doctor for new regeneration cycle fitting in with revival. Like reviving gallifrey. Summer would be just as cool. Just all the waiting! Heck i don't mind mid season like series 6-7 as long as its not long between them and the eps live up to the arc.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

For god's sake, AIR EPISODE 1 IN EASTER!  I want a Easter special then series 8. I don't want to wait till July or August or September.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Me:*sees title*

Me:*gasps*

Me:*starts doing deep breaths*

Me:OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHPLEASEOHMY-

*classmates start looking at me*

Me:Oh, sorry. *whispers* Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know...

Polyphase
Polyphase

For those of us not in the northern hemisphere when exactly is Autumn over there ? September ?

VERITASERUMUK
VERITASERUMUK

Although I would love to see Series 8 a lot sooner than the Autumn, I really wish the BBC would make up their mind when they wish to air Doctor Who and stick to it.

PaddyB
PaddyB

It annoys me that Moffat has moved Doctor Who to an autumn schedule because to him it feels right since he grew up with Doctor Who that way. I've watched Doctor Who for the last 9 years so for me it feels right that Doctor Who should start around Easter and run until the start of summer.

IanOTimelord
IanOTimelord

I hope not. Most people are on holiday. Besides would they really be finished filming by then?

If  Atlantis can have an Autumn schedule so can Who. I think both will be on at the same time.

The8thDoctor
The8thDoctor

There is a reason why the BBC do not broadcast major drama during the summer,  no one is in to watch it.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

If that's true, today is one of the best days of my life, since this is the FIFTH good thing that's happened to me today.

JFrance
JFrance

It sounds like he's talking about the filming of the episodes not the broadcast of them. July dose sound early to me, I think series 8 will probably air late August but I could be wrong.     

Baker Street is excited for Series 8!
Baker Street is excited for Series 8!

The ideal airdate for me would be Saturday 19th July, my birthday. If not, an early September airdate would be nice because it would coincide with the start of my last (and predictably most stressful) year of school. There's nothing like a bit of Doctor Who to cheer me up!

TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Of course I'd like to see series 8 as soon as possible, but I don't think this is a very good idea... Moffat fought to get DW broadcast in the Autumn for a reason, it's a show suited to dark winter nights and the sunshine makes people want to go outside so the ratings will go down. I'm hoping for an Autumn broadcast.

Jamie Reviewer
Jamie Reviewer

Why Are They Putting Doctor Who In The Summer Time Now It Need Too Be In The Autumn... 

BJAMES
BJAMES

It would be nice. But it's another one of those wait and see situations. Maybe it's within the realms of possibility and being considered.

Mr 11
Mr 11

While this would be nice I think Doctor Who works best in the dark autumn nights. Also I don't understand why the BBC think this is a good idea as the ratings will go down as people will be enjoying the sunshine

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

As much as I'd like to see Capaldi's first series come as soon as physically possible, I'm a little suspicious. I thought Moffat had fought to move the show to Autumn for a reason, because he felt that it benefited from the long, dark and cold nights of that time of year. I'm hesitant to believe he'd change his mind so quickly (presuming he wasn't overruled by higher-ups who insisted on another scheduling switch). I'm either going to call misinterpretation or mistake on Wheatley's part here, but I'm more than happy to be proved wrong. I'm honestly neutral as to when the show airs - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, it's all the same to me. I don't pay the slightest bit of attention to what's going on outside when Doctor Who's on the telly. 

WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT
WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT

pleeeeeaaase!!! we must wait for doctor who and till next sherlock season it will already be 2016!

Bucstop.com-Niko
Bucstop.com-Niko

@OnceTheDoctor  Doctor who has no problems with viewers or ratings. Its watched around the world, its not a show that is apt to be canceled anytime soon for ratings. Even the downloads of the show take of 4 of the top 5 spots in most download show.

PeterThompson
PeterThompson

@WhoPotterVian This might be hard to do with a new doctor. I think they'd be better having just episode 1 till whatever going straight away no gaps or anything because having a special and then a gap might damage the new doctor. We need a straight run so people can see the new doctor and get used to him



IanOTimelord
IanOTimelord

@WhoPotterVian If you want the BBC to find a reason to postpone Dr Who for a while then stick it on when no one is watching. S7 ratings were down on the previous year. An Easter special would be good.

TriviaMaster
TriviaMaster

@Polyphase In the northern hemisphere, winter is December, January and February, spring is March, April, and May, summer is June, July, and August, and autumn is September, October, and November.

IanOTimelord
IanOTimelord

@PaddyB Scheduling is not down to Moffat. I think the BBC seen the ratings over the last few years which have not been bad but could be better and an Autumn schedule more people are likely to watch on a dark evening than a bright warm summers day. Also I know the BBC received a lot of complaints about splitting the series over the last few years.

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

Moffat probably doesn't have much say on when the BBC will air the show.

VERITASERUMUK
VERITASERUMUK

@PaddyB  I agree. For most of the new fans we are used to a Spring airing and even older fans would not have seen Doctor Who for 9 years before it returned in 2005 so I'm sure they got used to it returning in the Spring as well.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

I have a friend whose birthday is 23rd of November. Ironically he's my only friend bit to have even the remotest interest in Doctor Who. He didn't have a party that day last year because he knew no one would come as to miss the 50th.

BJAMES
BJAMES

@Mr 11 The ratings game isn't really the ratings game anymore. The viewing numbers upon initial transmission may be effected, but not the iTunes, DVR, subsequent viewing figures. It's the total picture of those numbers now, not to mention the global viewing (not just the UK) totals that are considered. Overnights haven't been the total picture for a while now.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Can't hold it back anymore...

(The funny thing is, I had this weird dream once. It was a For the First Time In Forever reprise. Romana I was Elsa and Romana II was Anna.)

TheIdleIdol
TheIdleIdol

It seemed he had some degree of influence over the switch to a fall broadcast; or at the very least, he championed the BBC's move. I would presume he gets his say, but the ultimate decision is very much out of his hands.


Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Of Course, afraid I've transformed it into a wood and plastic model kept in my house! Sorry :). Also got two more friends converted into fans.

C19M
C19M

@Deus_Ex_Machina Same here, I just had family come over to watch the 50th rather than a party :).

Mr 11
Mr 11

@BJAMES @Mr 11 But the overall viewing figure is affected. For example Series 7 Part the ratings declined as the sun shined longer until the series finale. Also the Live 7+ Ratings are affected. The Live 7+ ratings for Series 7 Part 2 averaged between 8 and 8.5 million but for Series 6 it averaged 9.5 million

Mr 11
Mr 11

@BJAMES I'm not just talking about the overnights, I'm talking about the Live 7+ ratings, which include the official figure, repeats and iPlayer ratings. 

BJAMES
BJAMES

Moffat has addressed this on several occasions, including within recent issues of DWM. The peaks and valley's of the UK overnights do not effect the health of Doctor Who's overall viewing figures. Again, different world now, different way of coming to an accurate estimate of a show's overall viewing figures when all is accounted for.