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


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: 1 July 2014.


Filming began 6 January 2014.


  • 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
  • Neve McIntosh -- Madame Vastra
  • Catrin Stewart -- Jenny Flint
  • Dan Starkey -- Strax
  • Paul Hickey -- Inspector Gregson
  • Jemma Redgrave -- Kate Stewart
  • Ingrid Oliver -- Osgood

Other notes: Alex Kingston possibly hinted at a return for River Song.

Guest Cast

  • Tony Way -- Alfie
  • Michael Smiley -- Colonel Blue
  • Robert Goodman - Reg
  • Tom Riley -- Robin Hood
  • Ben Miller - Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths -- Master Quail
  • Trevor Cooper -- Friar Tuck
  • Ian Hallard -- Alan-a-dale
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Keeley Hawes -- Ms Delphox
  • Hermione Norris
  • Frank Skinner
  • Louisa Rose Allen aka Foxes
  • Christopher Fairbank -- Fenton
  • Joivan Wade -- Rigsy
  • Michelle Gomez  -- Missy/Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere

Monsters & Villains

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


  • Steven Moffat (4 episodes + 1 Christmas special)
  • Phil Ford (1 episode)
  • Mark Gatiss (1 episode)
  • Steve Thompson (1 episode)
  • Gareth Roberts (1 episode)
  • 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 writing 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.


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


Teaser 1:

Teaser 2:

Teaser 3:

Launch Trailer:

2014 Episodes

801. Deep Breath


Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Ben Wheatley.

The feature-length opener takes place predominantly in Victorian London and features the return of the Paternoster Gang. Moffat said: “We can push that Doctor a bit further if you’ve got a familiar world around him.” Moffat also said Capaldi is going to be an older, trickier and fiercer Doctor. “I think the fun story will be – and we have the opportunity here – is this is what regeneration can do to you. He can be very, very different.” Moffat later added: “Now it’s time for the old beast to snarl at you for a bit!” The Doctor will face a T-rex, Clockwork Droids and a half-faced villain.

Guest starring: Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Dan Starkey (Strax), Nigel Betts (Mr Anderson), Paul Hickey (Inspector Gregson), Tony Way (Alfie), Maggie Service (Elsie), Sean Ashburn (Restaurant Droid), Peter Ferdinando (Half-Face), Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor -- cameo).

802. Into the Dalek


Written by Phil Ford. Directed by Ben Wheatley.

As the title suggests the story will see the Doctor and Clara venture into a Dalek. Ford teased the story would be going “behind enemy lines.” He later gave a further one word clue of “Lasagne.”

Guest starring: Michael Smiley (Colonel Blue), Ben Crompton (Ross)

803. Robots of Sherwood


Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Paul Murphy.

Robin Hood themed episode with Tom Riley playing the character and Ben Miller as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. Also features robot knights.

Guest starring: Tom Riley (Robin Hood), Ben Miller (The Sheriff), Trevor Cooper (Friar Tuck), Ian Hallard (Alan-a-dale), David Benson, Rusty Goffe, Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Master Quail), Sabrina Barlett (Marion).

804. Listen


Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

Episode premise: “When you talk to yourself, what if the person you’re talking to isn’t really you?” Samuel Anderson joins the cast as recurring character Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School. Anderson said: “I can’t wait to show people how my character becomes involved with such a fantastic duo!”

Guest starring: Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Robert Goodman (Reg)

805. Time Heist


Written by Steve Thompson. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

The Doctor and Clara come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox (Keeley Hawes) when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet. Delphox is a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret and she happens to run the most secure bank in the universe. Jonathan Bailey plays a cyborg. Features a minotaur-like monster. Rumoured title: “Time Heist”.

Guest starring: Keeley Hawes (Ms Delphox), Jonathan Bailey, Pippa Bennett-Warner.



Written by Gareth Roberts. Directed by Paul Murphy.

A Coal Hill School centric episode with the 12th Doctor posing as the school’s caretaker. Ellis George makes her debut appearance as a student and will join the Doctor for an adventure in the TARDIS. Rumoured title: “The Caretaker.”

Guest starring: Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Ellis George (Courtney), Nigel Betts, Edward Harrison, Andy Gillies, Ellis George, Jimmy Vee.


Pic by Mark Palace

Written by Peter Harness. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

Part-filmed in Lanzarote. 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.” Rumoured title: “Kill the Moon.”

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



Written by Jamie Mathieson. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

Moffat teased “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. Rumoured title: “Mummy on the Orient Express”

Guest starring: Frank Skinner, Foxes, David Bamber, Daisy Beaumont, Christopher Villiers and Janet Henfrey.


Written by Jamie Mathieson. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

People are going missing and strange graffiti is appearing. Worse is that the Doctor finds himself in a shrinking TARDIS! Rumoured title: “Flatline”

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


Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Directed by Sheree Folkson.

Little is know except the cast will feature a cast of child actors and be filmed last. Rumoured title: “Child’s Play”.

Guest starring: Harley Bird, Abigail Eames, Ashley Foster and Jaydon Harris-Wallace.



Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay.

A two-part finale. Features a Cybermen invasion of earth and the return of UNIT, Kate Stewart and Osgood. The Doctor also has to contend with the mysterious Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere. Rumoured titles: The Gates of Paradise / Death in Heaven.

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

2014 Christmas Special.

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by TBC.

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Can't believe Steve Thompson is coming back after the abominations that were 'The Curse Of The Black Spot' and 'Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS'


Umm...but of a concern about episode 10. It's called childs play. wasn't that one of the chucky movies??? hope this episode won't scare me half to death!


i think it will be a great series but a bit of a twist because the best thingabout doctor who is the twist if there is no twist everyone will hate it

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I think it will be a great series it will be interesting for Clara to have a boyfriend and Danny will be brave I hope


Yay for Peter! (But no one can replace Matt Smith, and no companion can replace Sarah Jane Smith.) Thankyou for this post!


Wow, this honestly looks like one of the best seasons on New Who! I'm hoping episode 10 is written by Neil Cross. It looks as if their is a big line up of interesting and unique stories for this season, I'm particularly looking forward to episodes 4, 5 and 7. It looks a as if episode three will be humorous and light hearted, which I'm fine with, as well as episode 6. To me, episode 7 is the most interesting by far. I have to learn a bit more about episodes 2, 6, 8 and 9 to make a decision whether I'm really looking forward to them or not. All in all, looks like a fantastic season!


I'm trying to think of reasons why EP10 would be delayed: (1) Script isn't ready yet - needs rewrites? (2) Scheduling conflicts, (3) Deliberately trying to avoid spoilers on something important until as late as possible - maybe an exterior shot of something vastly important. 

TakeTheType40 is now pixelated!
TakeTheType40 is now pixelated!

My guess is that Moffat will write Episode 10, because in all other series, he writes 4 stories (not counting specials) TEH TBB TToA/FAS TPO/TBB                 TIA/DotM AGMGTW LKH TWoRS               AotD TATM TBoSJ TNotD           DB Listen (Ep. 10?) DIH

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Notsosmartguy approves of female thor

I guess episode 9 might be a Clara episode with the doctor dealing with whatever is going on in the tardis while Clara investigates the graffiti incidents .


Still have no idea whose writing or directing episode 10. Maybe they're fairly well known and popular so they're waiting for the right time to reveal them.

Or perhaps Moffat's teasing us more. As unlikely as that would be!


Oh man, so far this is looking like it has the potential to be one of the best series yet. That cyberman two-parter is looking like a real cracker. I'm also excited to see the mysterious 8.02 episode ("Lasagna"), the Mummy on the Orient Express, Kill the Moon... Flatline... *wheezes* *runs out of breath* ... *blushes* ... WHERE'S MY PUFFER!?  


He describes episode 7 as "intense and emotional"

Could it be that the kid who is along with the ride dies at the end?


Trevor Cooper in the Robin Hood one.. nice, I like seeing actors from classic Who come back for the new series. He was Takis in Revelation of the Daleks. And of course his sidekick in that serial, Lilt, was played by the chap who was Lumic's head of security in Rise/Age. Name escapes me.

The Finn
The Finn

Does anybody know anything about Joivan Wade?


That picture of the shrunk TARDIS got me ridiculously excited ! I just love this episode already !


The Cybermen really need a great story, otherwise, yawn.


I get the impression that Episode 3, Episode 6 and Episode 8 will be the more light-hearted episodes this series. But who knows, it could all be a trick and they might actually be very dark.


Please don't be jack the damn ripper. Vastra ate him in 1888!...never thought I'd say that.

The One Eyestalk
The One Eyestalk

@WillHaigh I'm pretty sure the only reason is that he's Steven and Mark's friend, considering they're the three that write on Sherlock. God, both of those episodes are my least favorites of each respective series. At least the rest of the season looks great. (Cybermen invasion of Earth! Into the Dalek! Dinosaurs on a...Victorian London...area!)

Ace Pirosu
Ace Pirosu

@TheOncomingStorm Only because Capaldi really wanted to fight the daleks... Moffat is still serious about giving them a rest.


This is my opinion but The first Doctor I ever saw was the 9th Doctor, and the first enemy was the Daleks and Davros.


@SamiRahim Everyone is going to have a different opinion.  For example, I think Matt Smith was just okay but Dave Tennant was fabulous.  


We said the same thing about David Tennant and look at how great Matt Smith was. I say we give Peter Capaldi the benefit of the doubt.


@Unibot EP 10 lists "a cast of child actors"  could be Clara's students from the school?  and it reminds me of the role children had with Torchwood's John Frobisher.  


Well, one month, three weeks and a day! :P

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

@Chris502 It could be highly likely that Deep Breath is a sort of prequel to AGMGTW when concerning Vastra 'eating' Jack the Ripper. That's if he is even in the episode. 


It might not be THE Jack the Ripper, but a copycat killer?


We danced for joy this morning, it's next month YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS.


@Master Michael Moon @Chris502 I was wondering if Clarence DeMarco might be Jack the Ripper (although DeMarco's 14 women is more than the Canonical Five-Six victims attributed to Jack). That would make Deep Breath occur before The Name of the Doctor. 

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

Whereas for the Doctor, "Deep Breath" come after "The Name of the Doctor"... golly, time-travel is fun.


A clockwork droid going round murdering people with the person who is really behind all of the attacks being revealed in the final moments....yes please o_o


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