With each passing day, the eighth season of the BBC's hit science-fiction drama Doctor Who nears ever closer and the volume of news preceding its launch increases tenfold. Today it's the turn of the BBC Press Office and Caroline Cornish Management to go under the radar, the former of whom unveiled the official plot synopsis for the first episode of the new run, "Deep Breath", on Thursday and the latter of whom claims to have uncovered the identity of the director of this year's Christmas Special.
The info in question is all here and (as any true Whovian will already have ascertained) unmissable; in other words, it's high time (and space, of course - we won't have anyone calling us dimensionally biased) you read it...
- "DEEP BREATH" PLOT SYNOPSIS RELEASED - As promised, here's the BBC's official précis for Season Eight's opening instalment (which, in case readers hadn't heard, is airing both on BBC One and in UK cinemas nationwide in thirteen days' time) in its entirety: "When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara's friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It's time you knew him."
- 2014 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL DIRECTOR REVEALED? - Much as we'd like to openly dub IMDb as a wholly credible news source, honestly, it tends to be sketchy at best. Thankfully, the aforementioned news of who'll helm the annual Doctor Who festive special this December doesn't come from them, deriving instead from the online CV of Paul Wilmshurst (obtained by news outlets such as ours via Caroline Cornish Management). Best known for his work on the UK drama Strike Back, Wilmshurst (who hasn't officially confirmed or denied the news as of yet) also directed both the seventh and eighth episodes of Who's new series (reportedly titled "Kill the Moon" and "Mummy on the Orient Express" and written by Peter Harness and Jamie Mathieson respectively), which indicates that either Steven Moffat or one of his fellow execs deemed the quality of his initial efforts to be so great that he warranted an immediate reprieve. Stay tuned for more details on the Twelfth Doctor's first full Christmas adventure as we move closer to Season Eight's climax in November!
Doctor Who will return with a new series of action-packed time-travelling escapades this August 23rd on BBC One, BBC America and in cinemas worldwide.