We might see the next Doctor at Christmas, but after that, we'll be waiting some time before we see his first solo episode.
We've known for a while that the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is expected to regenerate from Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor when Doctor Who's 2013 Christmas special airs this December, but what we didn't know was just how long we'd be waiting until Capaldi had a Who adventure all his own in the revived show's eighth series. Production on Capaldi's run isn't expected to begin until January, and that information itself suggests a bit of a wait, but now we finally seem to have a clearer timeline.
Who showrunner Steven Moffat was recently profiled for The Guardian's 2013 "Media 100" list (he came in at number 87, in case you were wondering), and the profile seems to drop some news (or, at least, some confirmation) regarding series eight's premiere.
"Doctor Who may not be quite the force it was when it returned with Christopher Eccleston and in its David Tennant heyday in the UK, but has a growing audience in the US on cable channel BBC America.
"It will not return next year until the autumn, giving it plenty of time to recharge batteries. And what better way to do that than with a new Doctor?"
So, unless Moffat comes out and cries foul, or the production schedule somehow speeds up, that seems to settle it. We're waiting until at least September 2014 for more Doctor Who. We've become used to long waits between episodes in the Moffat era -- there was a gap of nearly a year between the end of series six and the beginning of series seven, and a gap of about six months between the first and second halves of series seven (with a Christmas special in the middle) -- but for some fans, this will be a particularly anxiety-filled gap, as we all wait to see what Capaldi is like the first time he gets to fly the TARDIS solo.
What do you think? Will the long wait between the Christmas special and series eight take a toll on your fandom, or do you think the show needs the time to adjust to its new star?