It’s not a major surprise, but the BBC has said that “Doctor Who” will at least go into a 51st year, recently renewing the show for an eighth season.
Showrunner Steven Moffat will return as well as Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, who just recently wrapped Season 7 of the series with “The Name of The Doctor.”
But although the current season is over, there are two more episodes of “Doctor Who” still planned for 2013. The main one is the annual Christmas special, but before that, it’s the 50th anniversary special that will guest star David Tennant, John Hurt and Billie Piper.
Hurt, of course, had a cameo in the season finale, setting up that anniversary episode. That episode, by the way, will be available in 3-D.
As part of the overall 50th anniversary, longtime “Doctor Who” writer Mark Gatiss is the scribe behind “An Adventure in Space and Time,” a biopic that chronicles the initial creation of “Doctor Who” by the BBC in the early 1960s. That film stars Brian Cox, Jessica Raine, David Bradley and Reece Shearsmith.
The most recent season recently concluded on BBC and BBC America with the revelation of what was described as The Doctor’s “biggest secret.” Apparently, Moffat likes to kill The Doctor. A lot.
The premiere episode of the season, “Asylum of the Daleks,” pulled in 8;3 million viewers, compared to 8.9 million the year before for “The Impossible Astronaut.” Viewership dropped significantly later in the season, however, as “Journey to the Centre of the Tardis” and “The Crimson Horror” attracted less than 7 million.
Those ratings are consistent with Season 6, where viewership hovered around the 7 million mark later in the season.