We’ve known Doctor Who would be returning for a while, thanks to a 50th anniversary special episode the BBC has planned for November 23 of this year. Fans of the series already have that date close to heart, and on Saturday, the U.K. network tossed out some even greater news. Although the order has been expected, BBC officially announced Doctor Who will also be returning for an eighth season on the network.

BBC America announced the news via its blog, also noting that executive producer Steven Moffat, who also writes on the series, has already begun “plotting a brand new run of adventures,” including the special that will officially “kick off the Doctor’s next half century in style.” Additionally, Torchwood’s Brian Minchin is joining the series as an executive producer.

Currently, that’s not a ton of information about Season 8, but we do know that eleventh doctor Matt Smith should be returning (along with new companion Clara). Plus, Smith recently leaked the fact that the Christmas special would be shot over the summer, with Season 8 episodes beginning filming late this year or early next year. The news comes on the heels of the Season 7.5 finale, which aired Saturday night. We’ll keep you posted when any new Season 8 news breaks.

The popularity of Doctor Who, especially in the United States, has slowly built over the past few years. In fact, if you don’t personally like Doctor Who, chances are you now know someone who does and can’t stop talking about it. Consequently, if you’re looking for a new show to get into or just want to see what all the fuss is about, Season 8 will be a great place to start, at least after checking out this quick tutorial.

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