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In case there were any lingering doubts, Doctor Who is renewed for an 8th season, and perhaps Peter Jackson directing isn’t far-fetched.

To be clear, we’re not entirely sure where the “Doctor Who is being canceled” people are milling about, because we haven’t seen evidence of doubt of renewal. Series ratings are at an all time high, both Matt Smith and Jenna-Lousie Coleman have indicated that they will be returning post-Christmas Special, and Steven Moffat has spoken several times about the show moving forward after the 50th anniversary special.

Nonetheless, Moffat clarified Doctor Who‘s future to Digital Spy after they caught up with him on last night’s BAFTA carpet.

“This is a thing that just seems to have slipped by… so can I say it very firmly – series eight is absolutely, definitely confirmed. It is real and it’s happening – it’s [taking up] most of my time at the moment…I get people telling me [that series eight is] not really happening. It really, definitely, honestly is!”

Perhaps doubt was cast when our resident Time Lord recently shaved his head for an upcoming Ryan Gosling movie? We assume his hair will grow by the time they film the Christmas special, they’ll get him a wig as was done for Karen Gillan, or he’ll be wearing a hat until it grows back.

It should be noted that season 8 episodes are likely not to air until the latter half of 2014. Generally speaking, there is roughly a nine to 12 month lag between filming and the actual episodes being aired. The exception is the Christmas episode, which traditionally shoots late summer.

As for the rumor and hope that Peter Jackson might direct in season 8, here’s what Steven Moffat had to say, or more aptly, tap-danced around.

In the video below Moffat speaks a bit about the 50th anniversary and the upcoming series.

  • popok

    The rumor came from ignorant people who don’t know that in Britain they say ‘Series’ not ‘Season’ and think it is the ‘series finale’ in the american sense of the word.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      Oh for the love of Pete! Seriously WTF people! I’d like to think that the reason we haven’t seen that voiced here (hence my confusion) is that Hypable readers are smarter than that!

      • popok

        I know its annoying, its been popping up on tumblr and twitter over the last couple days. Luckily it seems like Hypable readers are little more versed in English lingo.

        • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

          Seriously, there are times when I feel like I spontaneously lose IQ points just looking at Tumblr especially!

          • Mariah C.

            Easy on the judgment. Not knowing something because you live in a different country and have not yet been exposed to it does not make you stupid. I learn new things about British culture all the time and hope that those who know a bit more than I do on the subject will be kind enough to correct without the harshness.

          • Pete R

            THANK YOU!

    • http://dft.ba/-alex-ander Alex Ander

      Wow, I never even thought of that being a problem before.

    • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Juan Pedia

      Good idea, but wouldn’t the same rumor have started for every other season finale, if that were the case?

      From what I’ve read on other sites, it actually came from the lack of an official confirmation by the BBC that Series/Season 8 had been ordered.

    • Glaciusx

      You have no idea how many times I’ve had to explain to people that “series” in the UK is equivalent to a “season” in the states. And even after I’ve explained it, they would ask me AGAIN. ಠ_ಠ

  • Kate

    Matt’s beautiful hair…I hope they don’t give him a wig; it’ll probably be somewhat grown back by the time they start filming. I’d much prefer they stick a hat on him if they feel the need.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      I have to say, Karen’s Ginger wig in pond life was not good at all!

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Permanent fez until the hair grows back!!

  • Laurelin

    Peter Jackson directing???


  • Steven Legits

    Are they doing WhoHype this week? wtf?

  • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

    That second video almost… maybe… renews a little hope that Eccleston WILL wind up showing up? A smidge?

    Lies, lies all lies! The Doctor! He lies! :)

    … :/

  • jr11

    Am I the only one who thinks Moffat is kind of a jerk? He seems to resent the the fans much more than he appreciates us…maybe I’m biased after the last episode of Whohype. You guys discussed the thought that he doesn’t seem to care about anything Doctor Who until his own era, the more I see or hear of him, the more I agree. He just doesn’t seem to share the same (or really, any) enthusiasm for the show as the fans or the actors. Maybe I’m just a bit bitter about some of the decisions hes made lately. Anyone agree or disagree? It would be nice to have some of my faith restored…

    • AllHailCrazyMoffat

      While I DO enjoy Doctor Who, I agree with you that Moffat is.. well, a douche.
      50 years of history and fans nitpicking over the smallest details, and what I notice is that he has a tendency to ignore everything that comes before.
      He calls it shock value, plot twists, canon.
      I call it someone who needs to watch/read more old WHO or history.
      I hope for a new producer (A REAL Doctor fan), before a new Doctor.
      My opinion is Moffat is canon/fan/history lazy and riding the WHO gravytrain without being the caliber this show deserves.
      Am I going to stop watching WHO? Don’t be stupid. Do I think the show could do better then Moffat? Absolutely.
      And your right, he could be nicer and more appreciative to us and the show (Just another arrogant symptom)..

  • james

    The reason the rumour was started is because you find out that matt smith is the 12th regeneration and he only gets 12 regens but in sarah jane adventures he stats he gets 500 regens thats where all rumours come from

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