Count this as slightly disappointing, if totally predictable news: 'Doctor Who' series 8 won't premiere until next fall.
The long-running sci-fi series has been staggering its seasons in recent years, with massive gaps (some as long as nine months) separating episodes. The show's seventh series finished up its run back in May, and as it turns out, the eighth might not start until next fall -- well over a year after that.
According to the Media Guardian, we've got a while to wait for series 8: "It will not return next year until the autumn, giving it plenty of time to recharge batteries."
Of course, that's not counting the upcoming 50th anniversary special (November 23) or the annual Christmas special (December 25) airing later this year, but that's still quite a gap -- especially considering the fact that this year's Christmas special will be leaving the show with a brand new star, as Matt Smith steps down from the titular role and is replaced with Peter Capaldi.
Fans only had to wait four months after the regenerations of the Tenth (David Tennant) and Eleventh (Smith) Doctors to see them in action, but the Twelfth will have to wait around nine months after his first appearance for his first proper adventure.
What do you think? Are you willing to wait that long, or will you be picketing the BBC until they speed things up?
'Doctor Who' will return with its 50th anniversary Saturday, Nov. 23 worldwide.