You wait for ages for some new information on the upcoming eighth series of Doctor Who and then in the space of three days - you're hit with loads. Let's break it down, shall we?
First of all on Friday, BBC1 surprised everyone with a 15 second teaser for the new series with Capaldi's Doctor cryptically saying - "Clara, be my pal and tell me, am I good man?" with Clara overheard to be saying in another sequence "I don't think I know who the Doctor is anymore." The BBC also confirmed the exact airdate to when the upcoming series would air along with the title for the first episode - Deep Breath. The episode will also be feature length.
Elsewhere Michelle Gomez has been cast for the finale, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Tank Girl's Rachel Talalay (whose tweets have been nothing short of entertaining over the last few weeks). The actress known for her roles in Bad Education and Green Wing will play the character of the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere and her appearance in this finale also heralds a couple of familiar returns as well ....
Yep, both the Cybermen last seen in The Time Of The Doctor and UNIT - Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) and Osgood (Ingrid Oliver), previously seen in The Day Of The Doctor are also back, though how big their actual roles in the episode are remains to be seen. I also find it interesting that there seems to be a Classic Series Cybermen head there along with some gun toting civilians as well. I don't know what this finale actually is about but it certainly looks like it's going to be a rather busy one though.
Meanwhile the writer for episode 10 has been confirmed as Frank Cottrell Boyce. The writer behind 24 Hour Party People and the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony will scribe the episode, which will be helmed by Sheree Folkson (Hit & Miss). The episode will also feature a series of child actors, including Harley Bird and Ashley Foster to name a few.
Series 8 Trailer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021r78j
Latest News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho
8x10 News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/Award-winning-childrens-novelist-and-screenwriter-Frank-Cottrell-Boyce-confirmed-as-Doctor-Who-writer
Series 8 of Doctor Who will air on BBC1 and BBCAmerica from August 23rd.