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Greetings and salutations, fellow Fridge Nukers! Bradfield here, reporting from the depths of a dust bin behind a studio in beautiful, scenic Downtown Cardiff (UK)…
“First the eyebrows [in the 50th Anniversary Special]! Then, at Christmas, the face! Coming soon, the whole Doctor. In the Cardiff studios, the Capaldi era begins.”
— Steven Moffat, Executive Producer and Lead Writer
Fresh from a new regeneration, The Doctor is alive, well, and shooting in the UK!
Let’s go ahead, “tear off the bandage” and start with the bad news: though the eighth season of BBC’s International hit series, Doctor Who, is currently filming, we will likely not see a new episode until Fall. Look at the bright side – if, like a lot of Whovians in the States, you are still somewhat new to Who, you have plenty of time to catch up. [Quick side note: if you need to catch up, or are just interested in seeing what the show is all about, please take a moment to check out Nuke the Fridge’s Handy Dandy Guide to The Doctor.]
The good news, is that, in the meantime, BBC has thrown Whovians a small bone in the form of the first (full) picture of 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, [and The Doctor’s current Companion, Clara, played by the lovely Jenna Coleman] from the set of Doctor Who, Season Eight. However, according to BBC, the costume shown in the picture is not the Doctor’s official new costume. It looks like the outfit he was wearing at the end of the Christmas episode, The Time of The Doctor – one of the 11th Doctor’s suits. Remember when we last left the Doctor and Clara, the TARDIS was hurtling, out of control, through time and space, and the freshly regenerated Doctor has apparently forgotten how to fly it.
The first two episodes are a two-part story, the first part penned by “The Man Behind The Doctor,” showrunner Steven Moffat, and the second by regular series writer (as well as The Doctor Who Adventure Game), Phil Ford. Ben Wheatley is aboard as director of the first two episodes – an interesting choice considering Wheatley is known mostly for writing and directing hard hitting, gritty crime dramas like 2009’s Down Terrace (definitely worth a look). Though the tone for Capaldi’s run has yet to be set, Wheatley’s participation indicates that Season Eight could prove to be delightfully dark.