The sci-fi drama's seventh run, expected to air on BBC One in the autumn, will see Matt Smith reprise his role as the Doctor.
Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) will exit the show midway through the series, with a new companion then joining Smith's Time Lord.
Saul Metzstein will helm the first new episodes to be filmed, the official Doctor Who site has now confirmed.
The Scottish director previously worked on 2009 BBC Four drama Micro Men starring Martin Freeman and Alexander Armstrong, and also served as second unit director on forthcoming comic adaptation Dredd featuring Karl Urban.
It was recently revealed that Being Human creator Toby Whithouse and Camelot's Chris Chibnall will return to Doctor Who to write new episodes.
Steven Moffat remains as showrunner, joined by producer Marcus Wilson and new executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades).
Matt Smith recently indicated that he currently has "no plans to leave" the series.
> Doctor Who's Steven Moffat hints at Amy, Rory exit
Watch Karen Gillan discuss her Doctor Who exit below: