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Doctor Who Series 8 (2014): What We Know UPDATE

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A compilation article of everything we know about Doctor Who Series 8 so far. This will be continually updated as more info emerges over the coming months until broadcast.

Note: This post may contain some spoilers. Spoilerphobes read at your own risk!

LAST UPDATED: 3 October 2014.

Airdate

Filming began 6 January 2014.

Format

  • 12 episodes (+1 Christmas special)

Other notes: Capaldi’s debut series is one continuous run and not split.

Main Cast

  • Peter Capaldi -- The Doctor
  • Jenna Coleman -- Clara Oswald

Recurring Cast

  • Samuel Anderson -- Danny Pink
  • Ellis George -- Courtney Woods
  • Neve McIntosh -- Madame Vastra
  • Catrin Stewart -- Jenny Flint
  • Dan Starkey -- Strax
  • Paul Hickey -- Inspector Gregson
  • Michelle Gomez -- Missy
  • Chris Addison -- Seb
  • Jemma Redgrave -- Kate Stewart
  • Ingrid Oliver -- Osgood

Guest Cast

  • Tony Way -- Alfie
  • Michael Smiley -- Colonel Blue
  • Zawe Ashton -- Journey Blue
  • Tom Riley -- Robin Hood
  • Ben Miller - Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths -- Master Quail
  • Trevor Cooper -- Friar Tuck
  • Ian Hallard -- Alan-a-dale
  • Robert Goodman - Reg
  • Jonathan Bailey - Psi
  • Pippa Bennett-Warner - Saibra
  • Keeley Hawes -- Ms Delphox
  • Hermione Norris -- Lundvik
  • Frank Skinner - Perkins
  • Louisa Rose Allen aka Foxes - Singer
  • David Bamber -- Captain Quell
  • John Sessions -- Gus
  • Christopher Fairbank -- Fenton
  • Joivan Wade -- Rigsy
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar

Monsters & Villains

Other notes: The Master is also rumoured as the major series villain.

Writers

  • Steven Moffat (4 episodes, 3 co-writes + 1 Christmas special)
  • Phil Ford (1 co-write)
  • Mark Gatiss (1 episode)
  • Steve Thompson (1 co-write)
  • Gareth Roberts (1 co-write)
  • Peter Harness (1 episode)
  • Jamie Mathieson (2 episodes)
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce (1 episode)

Other notes: Neil Gaiman and Chris Chibnall both stated that they’d been approached to write a story, but said it was dependent on their time and commitments to their other projects. Neil Cross also said he was asked to write a story. Tom MacRae has written another script although he is unsure if it will be in Series 8. Jack Lothian‘s CV originally claimed he was writing an episode, but a later update removed it.

Directors

Other notes: Peter Jackson has said that discussions over him directing an episode were “getting serious”.

Trailers

Teaser 1:

Teaser 2:

Teaser 3:

Teaser 4:

Launch Trailer:

2014 Episodes

For episodes one to six: show

807. Kill the Moon

Pic by Mark Palace

Written by Peter Harness. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

Part-filmed in Lanzarote. In the near future, the Doctor and Clara arrive on a decrepit shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon. Crashing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of eviscerated corpses, spider-like creatures scuttling about in the dark, and a terrible dilemma. Described as an “intense and emotional script.” Moffat teased “The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure – but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.

Guest starring: Hermione Norris (Lundvik), Ellis George (Courtney), Tony Osoba (Duke), Phil Nice (Henry) and Christopher Dane (McKean).

808. Mummy on the Orient Express

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Written by Jamie Mathieson. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

The Doctor is on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future. But a deadly creature is stalking the passengers. Once you see the horrifying mummy, you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock, he is seen at his deadliest and most ruthless. Moffat said: “The Doctor is finally catching up on his phone calls.” He also says that the “sparkling script” will showcase all of Frank Skinner’s famous wit and charm.” Singer-songwriter Foxes will cameo and is contributing a special track for the episode.

Guest starring: Samuel Anderson (Danny), Frank Skinner (Perkins), Foxes (Singer), David Bamber (Captain Quell), Daisy Beaumont (Maisie), Christopher Villiers (Prof Moorhouse) and Janet Henfrey (Mrs Pitt), John Sessions (Gus).

809. Flatline

Written by Jamie Mathieson. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

Clara is now separated from the Doctor and discovers a threat from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With no Doctor around, Clara goes against a foe that exists beyond normal perception. People are going missing and strange graffiti is appearing. Worse is that the Doctor finds himself in a shrinking TARDIS! Moffat said “starts off with a very cute idea and becomes really quite frightening by the end.”

Guest starring: Christopher Fairbank (Fenton), Joivan Wade (Rigsy), Matt Bardock (Al), James Quinn (Bill), John Cummins (Roscoe), Raj Bajaj (George), Jessica Hayes.

810. In the Forest of the Night

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Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Directed by Sheree Folkson.

The human race wakes up to the most surprising invasion yet: the trees have moved back in. Everywhere a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth. Features a cast of child actors. Moffat said it’s “boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic. A fairytale, but not Moffat fairytale. Quite different with a clever main visual idea.”

Guest starring: Samuel Anderson (Danny), Harley Bird, Abigail Eames, Ashley Foster and Jaydon Harris-Wallace (Samson).

811/12. Dark Water / Death in Heaven

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Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay.

A two-part finale. In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Old friends and old enemies manoeuvre around the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming over him. Death is not an end, promises the organisation known as 3W. Features a Cybermen invasion of earth and the return of UNIT, Kate Stewart and Osgood. The Doctor also has to contend with the mysterious Missy, also known as the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere.

“You betrayed me. You betrayed my trust, our friendship, and everything I’ve ever stood for. You let me down.”

Guest starring: Samuel Anderson (Danny), Michelle Gomez (Missy/Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart), Ingrid Oliver (Osgood), Chris Addison (Seb), Sanjeev Bhaskar.

2014 Christmas Special

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Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

Little is known about the plot except it is Clara’s rumoured exit episode.

Guest starring: Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Natalie Gumede, Faye Marsay and Nathan McMullen.

[For the Series 8 post archive, head to the next page...]

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thinkyoucan12
thinkyoucan12

i remember some of the old Dr who's last episode of season 12 really bought back some memories of a few dr's. point im trying to make is you will never know how its going to turn out with this series always more questions then answers. every single one from way back that's whats so great about it.

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

I wish Journey Blue could be the new companion...

MoserGray
MoserGray

I would love it if Osgood became the new companion.

Doctor When
Doctor When

Mummy On the Orient Express Scene: Perkins- I've made my desicion then. Mummy- What is it then? Perkins- I'm putting you into Room 101! 

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

 Mummy on the Orient Express, oh that's hideous, so scary, it's grotesque. Oh sorry Frank, I thought it was a photo of the mummy, oops!

Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!
Amy is uniting the Earth Kingdom!

You know, something occurred to me the other day while I was re-watching The Day of the Doctor. Since we know that UNIT will be involved in the finale, is it possible that they will see a return to the Black Archive? There was that bit in The Day of the Doctor where Kate said that Clara had security clearance from "her last visit," of which there was a picture that Clara didn't recognize. One would naturally assume that she simply couldn't remember it because of the memory filters, but what if those were just a red herring meant to cover an event that had yet to happen from Clara's perspective? And there was also that bit where the camera lingered on the head of a Cyberman... okay, maybe I'm just being a bit too paranoid, but after the telephone in The Time of the Doctor and the barn in The Day of the Doctor, I have to suspect everything! :P


The Abominable Zombie
The Abominable Zombie

Sorry, wait a minute, Mummy on the Oriant express now reads as:

'The Doctor is on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future. But a deadly creature is stalking the passengers. Once you see the horrifying mummy, you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock, he is seen at his deadliest and most ruthless.

Will he work out how to defeat the mummy? Start the clock!'

Yet before it was:

'The Doctor and Clara are on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future – but they are unaware that a deadly creature is stalking the passengers.Once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock Clara sees him at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!'

So is clara in this episode, or not?

mrclever
mrclever

 In the Forest of the Night reminds me of the Narnia Chronicles. 



Malohkeh
Malohkeh

No more Ellis George listed after this week? Oh no...

PaddyB
PaddyB

What is The Foretold? Is it a future tense version of the Teller?

TheGloamglozer
TheGloamglozer

I'm so hoping that when the Doctor meets Osgood again, he still thinks she's called 'Yes'

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

Looking at the cast lists, it's interesting that Flatline doesn't mention Danny.

The children in that ITFOTN photo look like primary school children rather than Coal Hill children? I wonder how Danny is involved?

TheWeepingSilence
TheWeepingSilence

When I click on "The Foretold" it just takes me to the top of the page. Is this supposed to happen?

The Finn
The Finn

The finale sounds very interesting!

5 nights at Notsosmartguy's
5 nights at Notsosmartguy's

Am I the only one who thinks it might be Kate Stewart saying that quote to the Doctor in the finale? It really doesn't sound like a Clara line and her and the Doctor's big fallout seems to be in episode 8 and 9 so redoing it again seems redundant. Or Maybe it's even the Doctor speaking to Kate or Clara?

GeorgioBrooks3
GeorgioBrooks3

I'm gonna guess this will be Doctor only as Clara leaves at the end of KTM, and then Flatline will be just clara, then they get back together in ITFOTN leading into the finale. If this is true, it's gonna be an emotional roller coaster.

PaddyB
PaddyB

@The Abominable Zombie Perhaps Mummy on the Orient Express is a Clara-lite, filmed at the same time as Flatline which is already rumoured to be Doctor-lite.

MWTV
MWTV moderator

Move along. Nothing to see here...

The Moment
The Moment

No we really do wear uniform. :)

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

@ Notsosmartguy Will Kill the Moon Could also be Missy to the Doctor.  We don't yet know much about her but she seems obsessed with the Doctor and the quote sounds like something someone obsessed person might say.

Doctor When
Doctor When

While they still both might be Lite episodes they didn't share a filming block.


The Exploding Missy
The Exploding Missy

Kinda guessed, but unfortunately, I'm from 'murica... :P

Sorry if I sounded rude, I just wasn't sure. :P

Thanks for clarifying. :)

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