A round-up of the latest news regarding the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special and the show's next series:
ELEVENTH DOCTOR IN HIS FINAL BODY
In an interview with Radio Times, Steven Moffat revealed that the Doctor is actually in his thirteenth and final body as a Time Lord, saying "We’ll find out that Matt Smith is actually the Thirteenth Doctor. Although everyone knows that the Doctor can only regenerate twelve times."
Moffat states that the existence of the meta-crisis Tenth Doctor from the series four final Journey's End from a semi-regeneration and the War Doctor from The Day of the Doctor have meant that the Doctor has now used up all of his lives. "The twelve regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology - science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them. So if the Doctor can never change again, what’s Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas special?"
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor will broadcast Christmas Day at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.
SERIES 8 NOT TO BE SPLIT
At the Eleventh Doctor BFI celebration last night, Steven Moffat has confirmed that series eight, the first to feature Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, will not be split into two different broadcast times - a pattern that was used for Doctor Who's sixth and seventh series - and instead have an uninterrupted run. The series - said to feature "at least" thirteen episodes - begins filming next month and will premiere Autumn 2014 on BBC One and BBC One HD.