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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: 1 August 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Frank Skinner - Perkins
  • Louisa Rose Allen aka Foxes
  • Christopher Fairbank -- Fenton
  • Joivan Wade -- Rigsy
  • Michelle Gomez  -- Missy/Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar
  • Chris Addison -- Seb

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

801. Deep Breath

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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. The Doctor will face a T-Rex, Droids and a half-faced villain. 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!”

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), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Ellis George (Courtney), Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor -- cameo), .

802. Into the Dalek

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Written by Phil Ford & Steven Moffat. Directed by Ben Wheatley.

As the title suggests the story will see the Doctor and Clara miniaturised as they venture inside a Dalek. Ford teased the story would be going “behind enemy lines.” He later gave a further one word clue of “Lasagne.” Samuel Anderson first appearance 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), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Michael Smiley (Colonel Blue), Zawe Ashton (Journey Blue), Laura dos Santos (Gretchen), Ben Crompton (Ross), Ellis George (Courtney).

803. Robot of Sherwood

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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 (Herald), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Master Quail), Sabrina Barlett (Quail’s Ward).

804. Listen

Listen! – Series 8: Teaser trailer

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

What scares the Doctor? Ghosts of the past and future crowd into the lives of the Doctor and Clara; a terrified caretaker in a children’s home, the last man standing in the universe, and a little boy who doesn’t want to join the army… “What’s that in the mirror, and the corner of your eye? What’s the footstep following, but never passing by?” Moffat added it’s “the story of a date and the Doctor having what appears to be a mild nervous breakdown.”

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

805. Time Heist

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Written by Steve Thompson & Steven Moffat. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

A Doctor Who “heist movie”. The Doctor is tasked with breaking into the Bank of Karabraxos, the deadliest in the cosmos. He is helped by a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer. But nothing can prepare them for the Teller: a creature that can detect guilt. The Doctor and Clara also come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox (Keeley Hawes) when they arrive on the 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. Features a minotaur-like monster. Rumoured title: “Time Heist”.

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

806. The Caretaker

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Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat. Directed by Paul Murphy.

A Coal Hill School centric episode with the 12th Doctor posing as the school’s caretaker. Clara has it all under control, so long as everybody in her life never actually meets, but then Coal Hill welcomes a new relief caretaker with a Scottish accent, while the Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy humanity. Moffat said: “What effect would slipping away with the Doctor have on your life?” Ellis George guest stars as a Coal Hill student and will join the Doctor for an adventure in the TARDIS.

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

807. Kill the Moon

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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, Ellis George (Courtney), Tony Osoba, Phil Nice and Christopher Dane.

808. Mummy on the Orient Express

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Written by Jamie Mathieson. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

The Mummy is stalking the passengers and if it sees you you have 66 seconds to live. Clara sees the Doctor at his most deadliest and most ruthless and realises it’s time to say goodbye. 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.

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

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 or as she’s also known 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.

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

Rumoured final appearance of Jenna Coleman.

Guest starring: Nick Frost (TBC)

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

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alluminide
alluminide

Somehow I don't really like the fact that the character Courtney (Ellis George) is in Kill the Moon. Sounds like a great, great episode with lots of potential, but from Clara and Danny's conversation in Listen, she sounds like a rebellious teen who might just cause some sort of trouble well, being mischievous. Ya know, like one of those episodes where the Doctor and gang saves the day while the cause of the problem is something pretty easily avoidable. And somehow, I don't know why, those kinds of episodes just doesn't feel right. Hmm. But who knows, she might turn out to be an excellent companion! A fan-favourite, even


thatscottishguy
thatscottishguy

LastOne that is the dumbest comment... The majority of the doctors throughout the show's 50 years have been old.

RickHavens
RickHavens

They spent most of the first episode trying to explain why they chose an older person to play the Doctor which makes me wonder why. Even the writer are not sold on the idea of an old man playing the part. I have been a fan for many years and cant explain why this change. Changing the doctor is part of the show which keeps it fresh and new which I love only time can tell if this was the death of the Doctor. I hope not.

LastOne
LastOne

Why would they choose an older person (peter capaldi) to be the doctor. Just started to watch the new series and from the other series (matt smith, david tennant), can't really get into this new actor. Just not the same.

RickHavens
RickHavens

I love the show, but why did you choose such an old person to play the next Doctor? when the last two were young and full of energy.


NicholasHunter
NicholasHunter

I think Child's Play will focus a little more on Danny Pink.

BankOfKarabraxos
BankOfKarabraxos

For people saying that some writers aren't right for Doctor Who is wrong. They may be bad in your opinion but does to mean their bad overall. Your series favourite could turn out to be the won you thought you would hate.

GreenMaggot
GreenMaggot

Episode 8 is most likely what the Season 5 Xmas Special was teased to be about in the finale, remember when at the very end of TBB he got a phonecall " An Egyptian goddess loose on the Orient Express. In space." And "catching up on his phonecalls".... Seems like an awesome episode I hope I'm right ^^



Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

i think it will be interesting to see the new doctor and new villains, we are going to see old ones  i think and maybe a new friend in Danny

Night at the Whovies
Night at the Whovies

Just realised how the Keeper of the Nethersphere's dress looks strangely simular to Matt's Doctors last one . . .

Benvenfold
Benvenfold

Imagine if everyone thought that 'Children of Earth' was going to be bad because there was a focus on children and a large amount of child actors - Don't judge episode 10 until you've seen it and FCB is great.

Type40Charlie
Type40Charlie

Does Doctor Who really need to be darker?

The Doctor has just saved his own people from extinction and put an end to hundreds of years of regret and hatred. He should be happy, surely. He shouldn't be bad, or dark. We've had a very dark series 7 (especially The Name Of The Doctor). I know the show needs to get serious, but, THIS serious, I don't think so.

Anyone agree??????

ShameOnSM
ShameOnSM

I'm looking forward to this series alot of interesting stories overall, some episodes I am looking forward to are 1,2,4,5,9,11 and 12. The series finale I think will be the end to Clara's story abit like Adric's. My concern is episode 10 mainly because there are kids in it, so there will be annoying characters and alot of screaming and shouting.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

I'm a bit worried that  episodes 1,3 and  6 all have robot villains, especially when with episode 2 being about daleks capaldis not gonna face a non artifcial villain for his first 3 weeks

mlawesome
mlawesome

I'm looking forward to all of the episodes. The ones I'm most looking for are  5, 6, 9, 11, 12. The reason I'm excited for episode 5 is because it's by Stephen Thompson. I know most of you don't like his episodes but I do. They are some of my favorites. Plus, he wrote the best Sherlock episode in my opinion. I'm looking forward to episode 6 because the monster looks pretty awesome. I wasn't that excited for episode 9 until I heard that its really scary and really good. I usually like finales so episodes 11 & 12 sound good. That's my opinion.




Oodkind
Oodkind

So we have received official names for the bird-like robots now? Scovox? Also, I assume the title "The Teller" was officially announced, not taken from the leaked scripts... When was this information given out? One of the recent magazines?

Benjamin Bradley
Benjamin Bradley

I'm looking forward to episodes 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12. All the Moffat ones will be good, especially since it's Capaldi's first season. Looking back at series 5, Moffat was at the height of his game and I'm hoping that he will bring that effort back for this run. As for 5, I think that Thompson will do a good job, despite his previous failures, his work on Sherlock is amazing. 6 is a no brainer because it's Gareth Roberts and I really missed not having him onboard for Series 7. Episode 7 looks cool and I always love it when the show goes back and looks at it's heritage and history. We know so little about episode 10 and seeing how FCB has never written for Who before I am very excited about what he can add to the show.

As for the others... Episode 2 has Daleks. That's pretty much it. No big deal. We've had too many Daleks and it's time we gave them a five year break. Episode 3 seems to be exactly what it says on the tin and that's to be expected from a Gatiss piece. It's hard to judge episode 8 but I just don't feel that excited about it. Episode 9 doesn't look that interesting, it's something I'm sure we've all thought of so seeing it appear on the show isn't going to be as cool as Moffat might think it will be.





Euge135
Euge135

Has anyone realised that with episode 8 it is listed as "catching up on his phone calls," and the rumoured title "mummy on the orient express" that it sounds a lot like the unseen adventure at the end of the Series 5 finale. Remember when Amy and Rory entered the TARDIS just before the Doctor was about to leave he gets a phone call  and then says "an Egyptian queen loose on the orient express." Maybe that is what he is talking about. Rewatch it and you'll see what I mean.


Ace Pirosu
Ace Pirosu

@RickHavens Vastra said the Doctor had "lifted his veil". The point of series 8 is showing the Doctor's true colours and showing who he really is: an old man.

doctorwow
doctorwow

@LastOne He is actually quite brilliant and a great fit. Does it really matter what the age of the actor portraying the doctor is anyway?

dickottel
dickottel

@LastOne What difference does it make if the face is old or young? I only care about if the actor is good, and he is. And it's easier to understand he is 2000 years old when you see an older face. Also I'm not a fan of flirting with companions :)

Ace Pirosu
Ace Pirosu

@LastOne What about William Hartnell, John Pertwee and John Hurt? Did you have a problem with them?

Status: Stuck in the vortex
Status: Stuck in the vortex

@RickHavens Because Peter is such a great actor, age is completely irrelevant. It is true so far most new series doctors have been pretty young, so it's about time for change and a new way of portraying the doctor and I for one cannot wait.

etmac14
etmac14

@SI87 If you watch the trailers and read the news released before series 1 and series 5 it  a. doesn't look that good, and b. doesn't tell you much about what the new series is going to be like. 























simon delafield
simon delafield

@Benjamin Bradley Love the way fans are deciding already what episodes are going to be good, bad or mediocre. How about waiting until the episodes are shown and making up your mind then. If you approach it with this attitude, it will ruin the series for you before it has even begun.

simon delafield
simon delafield

@Euge135 This appears to be the general idea from what Moffat has said in interviews - it thought it funny that the Doctor would take years to finally answer an SOS and then arrive in a totally new body!

alritem8
alritem8

@Euge135 Im pretty sure that was to do with Dinosaurs on A Spaceship

chmayer
chmayer

I remember that phone call - and I thought it was just a throw-away, with the Doctor getting out of the Ponds' way on their wedding night.

Wow. Love a long call-back. : )

They're all my favorite Bank Robber
They're all my favorite Bank Robber

@Euge135 Yeah. Exactly. When I first heard that episode description, I was annoyed that they were just recycling ideas, but then it occurred to me: we don't actually SEE 11, amy, and rory go off on this adventure, maybe they never got around to it, and so he's just now doing something about that phone call. I suppose that's the advantage of time travel, you can catch up on your errands 1200 years after you meant to and still get there in plenty of time!

Euge135
Euge135

It's at the end of The Big Bang

NineTenElevenTwelve
NineTenElevenTwelve

@Scootersfood I know, right?! It seems that everyone's panicking about it just because it has a bunch of child actors. This is just as stupid as when everybody freaked out about Angie and Artie at the end of "The Crimson Horror". They were calling their actors terrible based on practically no evidence whatsoever. Now, I'm not going to say that they were all that fantastic in "Nightmare in Silver" but I still found it completely asinine to judge them so harshly when their appearances thus far included BRIEF appearances in "The Bells of Saint John" and "The Crimson Horror". That was the equivalent of a scenario in which everybody negatively judged John Hurt's War Doctor based on his appearances in "The Name of the Doctor" and "The Night of the Doctor" (which, thankfully, did not happen).

RickHavens
RickHavens

@Ace Pirosu @LastOne  No I do not, the show has gone in a different direction for a long time and it would be hard to change it now. And even the writers are having a hard time with it when they spent so much time trying to explain the change. It is always exiting when we get a new Doctor it is what makes the show so special I am just asking about their choice.


Euge135
Euge135

No. I promise you that scene was there. Just go back and check and you'll see what I mean. "She was sealed into the seventh obelisk, I was at the prayer meeting," says the Doctor "Well I know, I get that it's important. An Egyptian goddess loose on the Orient Express... In space"

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

I'm in the minority but I can't think of any child actor I disliked so far... I loved Amelia, Merry, Barnable and the kid from Curse of the Black Spot (Toby? Name's eluding me), I liked George, young Kazran and Artie and Angie... and the kids from the Snowmen did well enough too imo.

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

@Scootersfood @TheDreamer Oooh yeah, Hungry Earth isn't an episode I pop in the drive very often but I did like Elliot too. :) How could I forget Elliot?! 

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