While the BBC hasn't announced when Season 8 of Doctor Who will premiere, this season will usher in a new era, with Peter Capaldi starring as the 12th Doctor, after being introduced in the Christmas Special, "The Time of the Doctor". Production is currently under way in Wales, and we have already gotten our first look at Peter Capaldi on the set with Jenna Coleman, along with a glimpse at his new costume last month. What you may not know is that the first two episodes of Season 8 are being directed by British filmmaker Ben Wheatley, whose new movie A Field in England debuts in theaters and on VOD formats February 7. I recently had the chance to speak with the director about A Field in England, and the talk naturally shifted towards Doctor Who. While he wouldn't divulge any plot specifics, Ben Wheatley did talk about working with Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, along with the complex nature of shooting a show with such an immense scale in a limited time frame.
"There's nothing I can say that won't get me fired, I don't think (Laughs). It's been really brilliant working with Peter Capaldi. He's really amazing, and Jenna (Coleman) is really great as well. I'm afraid my quotes will be the usual love-in (Laughs), just going on about how everything is brilliant. I've been a fan of the show since I was a kid, and my son really loves it. To be working on a show that I can actually show my kids, is pretty important, at the moment. That's all great. I've been in the TARDIS, and I've held the Sonic Screwdriver, and all these things are high points to me. It's all good, you know. I'm really enjoying working with the crews here in Wales. The teams here are all hard-working. The shoots are really complicated and hard to make. My admiration for the other directors in the other seasons is huge. It's a tough gig. They write it like it's Hollywood, and it doesn't have the budget of it, at all. Everything is done very, very quick, but yeah, it's very, very cool. I've got two weeks left on it, and it's gone very, very fast. This is my one day off this week, so I'm just lying here panting, trying to catch my breath. You look at the schedules each day and go, 'Oh my God, are we ever going to get through this?' On a normal drama, it'd be just people talking in rooms, but you have a massive corridor that explodes and a robot and a thing (Laughs). But yeah, it's been great."
Stay tuned to find out when Season 8 will premiere later this year.