The upcoming season will shake up the formula, dropping the heavy arc elements in favour of a wider variety of episodes including ones set in the Old West (but shot in Spain), a visit with Nefertiti, and even dinosaurs in space.
Showrunner Steven Moffat says the big question left by last year's finale will be answered - “It's been there from the start. Other Time Lords have had names — he never gives his. Obviously the question is tremendously important and only I know why. We'll find out the truth." Moffat added that this season there'll be more