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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: 8 April 2014.

Airdate

Filming began 6 January 2014.

Format

  • 13 episodes

Other notes: One episode may end up being the Christmas special. Moffat stated he wants Capaldi’s debut series to be a continuous run and not split.

Main Cast

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

Recurring Cast

  • Samuel Anderson – Danny Pink
  • Neve McIntosh – Madame Vastra
  • Catrin Stewart – Jenny Flint
  • Dan Starkey – Strax
  • Paul Hickey – Inspector Gregson

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
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Keeley Hawes – Ms Delphox

Monsters & Villains

Rumours: Mark Gatiss is reportedly writing another story with the Ice Warriors. The Master is also rumoured as the major series villain.

Writers

  • Steven Moffat
  • Phil Ford
  • Mark Gatiss
  • Steve Thompson
  • Gareth Roberts
  • Neil Cross

Other notes: Neil Gaiman and Chris Chibnall have both stated that they have been approached to write a story, but it is dependent on their time and commitments to other projects. 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. New writer Frank Cottrell Boyce also said he had a story in the works, although it was unclear again if it was for Series 8.

Directors

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

2014 Episodes

801.

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Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Ben Wheatley.

The opening story 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!” Jack the Ripper and Clockwork Droids will reportedly appear.

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), Matt Smith (The 11th Doctor – cameo).

802.

Written by Phil Ford. Directed by Ben Wheatley.

Rumoured Dalek story. 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.

Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Paul Murphy.

Robin Hood themed episode. Rumoured title: “Robots of Sherwood”.

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

804.

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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?” Features a minotaur-like monster. 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!” Rumoured title: “Listen”.

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

805.

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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. Jonathan Bailey plays a cyborg. Rumoured title: “Time Heist”.

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

806.

Written by Gareth Roberts. Directed by Paul Murphy.

Rumoured title: “Kill the Moon.”

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

807.

Written by TBC. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

808.

Written by TBC. Directed by Paul Wilmshurst.

Rumoured title: “Mummy on the Orient Express”

809.

Written by TBC. Directed by TBC.

Rumoured title: “Flatline”

810.

Written by TBC. Directed by TBC.

811.

Written by TBC. Directed by TBC.

812.

Written by TBC. Directed by TBC.

813.

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by TBC.

This may end up being the Christmas special.

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mshyyc
mshyyc

Lots of strong references to the very first Bill Hartnell series in this season. Capaldi is the same age as Hartnell was when Who first on the air. Clara now teaches at Coal Hill and now we have Mr. Pink, her colleague at the school. So once again we have two teachers, a man and woman, from coal hill, as companions, just as in the very first series.

I am interested to see how strong connections will be to the first doctor. Capaldi in a sense could be considered the "second first doctor" given the unconventional way he regenerated...with him getting a new regeneration cycle from the time lords and all. A more Hartnell like doctor is certainly likely. Since we know Gallifrey is not gone just "trapped" the doctor could encounter many more time lords and ladies as well...maybe his granddaughter again? I know this is all far left field but I find some of the parallels intriguing.

pleatherboots08
pleatherboots08

For one, it's a continuity thing, and it would be interesting to see what the writers might come up with.  Two, such a thing has been mentioned and addressed in the Torchwood/Doctor Who worlds before with Gwyneth and Gwen.  They came up with "spatial genetic multiplicity" to explain why Gwyneth and Gwen were identical.  What could they come up with about Frobisher and the new Doctor?  Then there was Clara and Oswain.  Same actress different roles - it turned out to be an important plot point.  So while other shows might have conveniently ignored the same actors playing different roles within the same show, there is a history (albeit a small one) of explaining recurring faces.  



ChristopherJamesWynn
ChristopherJamesWynn

Ok, I do know some of the titles are locked, as the BBC is advertising them (like Robots of Sherwood). Very cringe-worthy titles, as it makes the show sound more and more like a comedy series than serious sci-fi.



I am VERY nervous about the Pink character, as I would like to see an end to the romantic subplots of the show. They have never been a part of the original run, and feel very out of place in the new...plus with 40 minute episodes instead of serials we just don't have the time.


 I am happy to see Strax again, although I'd like him to be a bit less jokey and more deadly serious. Lady Vastra though...ugh...could have been a cool charactr if they ever bothered to explain her or stop constantly bringing up that she is a lesbian. Yes, it's fine that she is, but introducing yourself as one during a time in England when they imprisoned and kllled people for being gay is not smart...not to mention a talking dinosaur. 


So yeah, all and all the new season has me very nervous and worried, not hopeful. I was not at all impressed with the Matt Smith run, to the point i stopped watching for a long time and only updated myself afterward thanks to a friend's DVR recordings. Moffet needs to step up and tighten up the series to maintain my interest now.








RobertLythgoe
RobertLythgoe

The clockwork androids are back? HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!

pleatherboots08
pleatherboots08

I want to know if they ever bring Captain Jack Harkness back how is John Frobisher going to be explained.  Capaldi played Frobisher (and did some very naughty things to Torchwood) as well as Pompeii dude.

NavinJohnson
NavinJohnson

Very much looking forward to the new season. Thoughts leading into the season....


* Show Titles: If I'm into the show, like I am Doctor Who, show titles don't really matter to me. I suppose I just kind of glaze over it because all I really care about is the action after the title. I'm aware of the titles, don't get me wrong, but I just don't particularly care. I do the same thing with books and chapter names, if indeed there are names. Although the one exception is the chapter title, "Arya." I do pay attention to that chapter title.


* Pompeii/Capaldi: Why does there have to be an explanation as to why he was in an earlier episode? Harry Morgan was in an early episode (S3E1 - 1974) of MASH prior to taking on the role of Col. Sherman Potter (S4E1 - 1975). There was no explanation. Didn't need to be. Same guy, two different characters, separated by an entire season. Did not create show continuity issues. MASH would continue to churn out new episodes until 1983. 


* Clara: There is something that I'm really looking forward to and that's the relationship between her and Capaldi. Since it's a new Doctor and a relatively new Clara, I'm intrigued by what that dynamic has to offer. I wasn't a huge fan of her and Smith's pairing and am sad to see Smith go, but am happy to see them not together as Doctor/Companion.


* Capaldi: Love the choice. Looking forward to seeing his take on the Doctor. 

Can't wait for 8



JunkyMBox
JunkyMBox

River Song was an absolutely awesome character and the actress "Alex Kingston" played this character so wonderfully to the point no one can do better. I and my wife for one love the character and Alex Kingston for her beautiful, sexy and down right clever performances... You go girl...You rock and ignore those twits who have nothing better to say... Tag and "L" on their forehead and move on is what I say.




Mnickm
Mnickm

Guys..... I noticed that none of you said anything about Alfie. We get to see him all grown up! Seriously, am I only one who is actually excited for that ?
I wonder if the 12th Doctor will recognize him..... I can feel the feels already o.O

Becrenee
Becrenee

Personally, I want Clara gone. Never have liked her character...the story line is stupid and makes no sense.

PieterBrice
PieterBrice

That's a shame doctor who is not on round Easter on Easter Saturday boo.

Mick 123
Mick 123

Please let it be true there will be NO river song character ever ever ever again, possibly the most annoying and worst thought out character ever to appear on The Dr

Oodkind
Oodkind

When are they going to explain Capaldi's presence in Pompeii? If Moffat is serious about it, perhaps 8 & 9 are a two-parter about it? Too irrelevant for a finale, and too similar to Series 7's Clara arc, and I would expect a two-parter. 8 and 9 habe the same director...

thatscottishguy
thatscottishguy

and also.. don't get me wrong, that era of doctor who was the best, I am literally hanging off my chair with excitement for this new series

thatscottishguy
thatscottishguy

guys.. is it just me or is this starting to look a bit like the second series of doctor who.. I mean Capaldi is doing the Tennant pose, Mrs Delphox looks like the nanny of the adipose, clara and danny pink remind me of rose and mickey, and also.. CLOCKWORK DROIDS.... 

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I'm probably one of the only people who doesn't miss the two-parters, but well...I don't miss the two-parters. The reason they dropped them in the first place (ratings) makes perfect sense, and I prefer when writers need to keep the pace quick.

PaddyB
PaddyB

All of the rumoured titles are a bit naff (to use a word which has now ironically become rather naff itself!) Robots of Sherwood sounds like a Doctor Who spoof. I like Kill The Moon, Though, which would be the second Doctor Who title in the imperative with the word 'kill' in it!

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

I don't care what y'all say, I love Thompson's writing and Time Heist sounds like something out of Inception and so I am freaking pumped for that episode.

masonbrw
masonbrw

a bit too soon for an eleventh doctor return, isn't it

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

Is anyone else picking up a distinct series 1 vibe?

NOT THE Doctor
NOT THE Doctor

I see no River Song so far, my hope for this serious just increased a little

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

Seriously, I know they're only rumoured titles, but the worst one has to be 'Listen' or 'Kill the Moon'. I remember The Power of Three's working title of 'Cubed' and I almost vomited...


Tennant_Capaldi
Tennant_Capaldi

Already have great guest stars , need a few more names such as : Ben miller , Reece shearsmith , Dominic west , Gary Oldman , miranda hart , Martin freeman , Eddie Marsan , Stephen Campbell moore , Rebecca front , David Mitchell , Denis lawson , Adrian Lester , Robert Glenister , Ian Mckellen , jo brand , sue Perkins , to name a few ..........

Regenerated Catterson
Regenerated Catterson

I seriously thought when I read the name 'Inspector Gregson' that the name was instead Inspector Gadget xD



awkward912
awkward912

I know they have different directors, but can we categorically rule out eps 3 and 4 being a 2 parter? I certainly wouldn't be surprised if Steven was writing that one himself at any rate, he needs a strong presence in the early series.

Huknar
Huknar

It's not looking good for two part episodes. Please don't do this to us Moffat. I'll never, ever forgive you.



NavinJohnson
NavinJohnson

I can see your point about a storyline involving a Frobisher/Doctor, what-exactly-is-going-on-here episode/ongoing storyline. I agree that it could be interesting to address it in some way, but I'm fine if they don't.

As for the continuity thing I don't think that is necessarily true. There are plenty of other instances just within the Doctor Who series of directors recasting actors/actresses into other roles within the show. I mean, I get it, it's a time travel show so it's easy to try and explain away the reason why a character is back on the show in a different role. However, prior to becoming the 6th Doctor Colin Baker played a different role and they didn't explain that. There is precedence. 

 Either way, Pleatherboots, I won't be upset if they do give an explanation. Really all I want is the show to start.

NavinJohnson
NavinJohnson

@ChristopherJamesWynn Have to agree with you on the romance subplots. Unlike yourself I did continue watching the series, but I was not happy with the cooing and oggling (maybe hyperbole, but not far from the mark) going on. Donna Noble will always be my favorite companion and it would be nice to get back to that Doctor/Companion relationship that doesn't have batting of the eye lashes involved. 


I am looking forward to the season as I genuinely enjoy the show and have since 1978ish. I don't know if I can go through another "romance" between Companion/Doctor again, however.

NavinJohnson
NavinJohnson

@pleatherboots08 Why do they have to explain anything? He was just playing a role. This has been done in other shows before. A google search of actors brought back to play different roles in the same show proves that this isn't an uncommon occurrence. My example of MASH is down below. Mark Lenard has played a Klingon, Romulan and a Vulcan in Star Trek. Jerry Orbach from Law and Order, who is mainly remembered as Lennie Briscoe, was a defense attorney early in the show and went on to be Detective Lennie Briscoe for over a decade. Guess what, his role as a defense attorney played no bearing on his Lennie Briscoe character. It just doesn't matter, in my opinion. 

JunkyMBox
JunkyMBox

River Songs whole time-line was a cleaver well written piece of art... The suspense of wanting to find out all about her made the show even more thrilling.... As far as Clara loved her witty character and she deserves her credit...



Becrenee
Becrenee

Actually, I love River Song...and I cannot wait to see another story w/ her in it!

kozickib
kozickib

@Mick 123  you're forgetting Madame Kovarian as the worst thought out character, but otherwise I agree.

A Friend of the Ood
A Friend of the Ood

@Oodkind I hope it isn't the plot of a whole episode (or two). I'd prefer subtle hints for us to figure out ourselves, then a few lines in the last episode just to make sure the fandom doesn't kill each other over who's right.

Benvenfold
Benvenfold

@Master Michael Moon Personally I love the sound of 'Listen' as an episode title. I love those simple one word ones, usually imperative verbs. I find them great as episode titles e.g. 'Blink' or 'Hide'.
But I agree that 'Kill the Moon' is hideous. I also don't like 'Mummy on the Orient Express'.

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

I kinda like kill the moon idk why it sounds like an awesome b movie.

NeutronFlow
NeutronFlow

Some good choices there. 

I've often thought that Eddie Marsan would be a good left-field choice for the part of the Doctor himself.

Huknar
Huknar

@awkward912  That would be my only guess for a two part story, but the different directors are a rather big hint to it being otherwise.

ChristopherJamesWynn
ChristopherJamesWynn

@JunkyMBox  Really? Care to explain how a dead person's hologram could be in a psychic meeting 2000 years in her past? The show didn't.

Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

They could change it to 'Daddy on the Orient Express' so it changes the parent role.

Tennant_Capaldi
Tennant_Capaldi

And to think that Ben Miller has been Cast in doctor who now and he was at the top of my list !!

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

@Notsosmartguy I'd assume they got "Kill the Moon" from one of "The Snowmen" prequels, where Strax declares war on the moon.

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

I'm a sucker for a good old fashion heist :-). Reminds me of my days playing Sly cooper on PlayStation.

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

@Notsosmartguy To be fair, 'Time Heist' intrigued me- I've always thought it interesting to have a story about a robbery taking place using time travel. Bit like Ocean's Eleven meets Doctor Who...

Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

Probably people pulling stuff out of there you know what.