Doctor Who: A Series 8 Rumor Round-Up

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Yes, it's a fan trailer. I don't care. It's brilliant!

In addition to being my favorite show of all time, Doctor Who has re-introduced me to something I'd forgotten I loved since back in the day when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was on the air. Namely, rumors. I love trolling the internet for glimpses of things to come.

With August still painfully two months away I thought I'd dig for some of the most badass possibilities that has been mentioned or leaked so far. Possible spoilers ahead, but possibly not. Here's what we may know about the first round of Peter Capaldi's adventures in the Tardis.

The Return of River Song Alex Kingston's last appearance as a data ghost in "The Name of the Doctor" seems to put her likelihood of continuing to be a part of the show fairly low. However, with time travel you can't rule anything out. Steven Moffat himself has said there's no reason not to bring River back if a proper story calls for it, but also said in the same interview that he's happy with the ending he's given her so far. On the other hand, Alex Kingston apparently believes there is more River coming.

The Return of the War Doctor John Hurt's brilliant performance as the lost incarnation of The Doctor between McGann and Eccleston was widely praised after the 50th anniversary special. Still, no one really expects to see the 74-year-old actor return to expand on his performance. Perhaps a younger man will portray the initial regeneration briefly seen in "Night of the Doctor", but Hurt? I doubt it.

Or maybe not. Hurt sent a since deleted tweet congratulating Peter Capaldi on his casting, and hinting that he looked forward to working with him on the show. Granted, that is flimsy evidence, but between the War Doctor's upcoming novel and his gradually increasing appearances in comics it's possible that Hurt may not be as finished as we thought.

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See? That fan one was much better than the official one.

This Will Be Peter Capaldi's Only Season Calculating how long an actor is The Doctor on average is difficult. Both the exceptionally long reign of Tom Baker and short reigns of McGann and Eccleston throw the curve way off. A better take is the median. Most Doctors hold the role for three or four seasons. It's known as the Troughton rule because it was the advice Patrick Troughton usually gave to later Doctors.

The Mirror reported earlier this year that Capaldi had followed Eccleston's path and signed on for only a single season of the show. While reporter Richard Beech freely admits to having been tricked by Moffat's handling of press information before, he has apparently received this information from fairly reliable sources within the show. It's not that unusual for an actor, especially a high in demand one like Capaldi, to re-sign a contract every new season, so even if it's true it doesn't necessarily mean Capaldi is planning to leave after he's finished.

It would honestly be very disappointing. When the classic show reached its ten-year mark we were only on our third Doctor. If we get a new one in 2015 the revived show will have gone through twice that amount in the same time.

Jack the Ripper Will Be The First Episode Villain The Daily Mail managed to snap some shots that indicate The Doctor and Clara will be traveling to 1888 London to deal with a cybernetically enhanced Jack the Ripper. This slightly conflicts with the events of "A Good Man Goes to War" where Madame Vastra says that she has found Jack and eaten him. The Clockwork Men are also rumored to make a return this season, so it's possible that there is more than one Jack running around.

Robots of Sherwood Filming for what is believed to be the third episode of the season took place at Caerphilly Castle in Wales. The open location allowed for a lot of pictures snapped and plenty of rumors to spring up. Currently it's believed to involve Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Played by Tom Riley and Ben Miller respectively) and some sort of robotic knights. The script come from Mark Gatiss, currently the heavy favorite to replace Steven Moffat as show-runner. More pics can be found here.

The Master Will be the Big Bad After the events of "Time of the Doctor" the return of The Master (And presumably Rassilon as well) is all but certain. With Gallifrey no longer time locked and destroyed, but instead held in a pocket universe it we know that both Time Lords are still kicking about.

It's more than just speculation, though. Some filming for Season 8 is being done at Lanzarote, which was the location used for one of the most famous Master stories "Planet of Fire". Of course it was also used for "Fires of Pompeii", and the main rumor is that whatever episode was being filmed will be used to explain why the Twelfth Doctor looks like Capaldi's character from that episode. On the other hand, that could just be a smokescreen.

Then there's the word of Sylvester McCoy, who tweeted that he had been told who was playing The Master in the new season after attending the Newcastle Film and Comic Con. If true, it will be interesting to see how we'll reconcile The Master's heroic self-sacrifice during "The End of Time" with his traditionally villainous role. I guess we'll find out on a couple of months.

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