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SFX #251 Previews Series 8

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The new issue of SFX (#251 – out today) features an interview with Steven Moffat and he previews all twelve episodes of Series 8. No episode titles are revealed except the opener, Deep Breath.

Below are some highlights:

  • 801. Clara trying to cope with her best friend being someone else. A terrifying monster.
  • 802. Gritty Dalek ep that goes into the last place in the universe the Doctor should be.
  • 803. Very funny Robin Hood story all about being a hero and whether the Doctor is a good man.
  • 804. The story of a date and the Doctor having what appears to be a mild nervous breakdown. Tiny guest cast, no CGI. A bit of Coupling. Quite scary.
  • 805. A Doctor Who heist movie with a cracking monster, one of Neill Gorton’s best.
  • 806. What effect would slipping away with the Doctor have on your life? A hoot with some serious bits. Bit like The Lodger.
  • 807. Proper drama with monsters and all the Doctor Who stuff that you could want. Also features a callback to a past episode (sort of).
  • 808. Moffat playing the long game with a callback to something from Matt’s first series. A brilliant idea of a monster. Foxes singing.
  • 809. A horror story that starts off with a very cute idea and becomes really quite frightening by the end. One of the best ever sight gags in it.
  • 810. Boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic. A fairytale, but not Moffat fairytale. Quite different with a clever main visual idea
  • 811/12. High octane action, with Cybermen and some proper UNIT stuff. Strong emotional story about Clara and the Doctor and the fact that the way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them.

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The full issue is out now.

Step back in time...

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DWISCOOL100
DWISCOOL100

I'm loving the sound of Episode 9 (Flatline) and the finale

mattandy
mattandy

For 8.08 Moffat says that we will hark back to something from Matt's first series and seeing as the episode is rumoured to be called 'Mummy on the Orient Express' it suddenly cam to me that at the end of 'The Big Bang' the Doctor got a phone call about a mummy on the orient express. I think I may have it.

brianmaybug
brianmaybug

Episode 9 - 809: A horror episode, that apparently made everyone clap and cheer at the read-through. (from mtv article, probly in the mag) now I'm even more excited!

Ladydetemps
Ladydetemps

Like the red lining...I need to make something with red lining...maybe a cape.

I'm dissapointed...no musical episode. ;)

babbitdukes
babbitdukes

Looking forward to series 8 very much, but hope foxes doesn't ruin the episode she is in, Sorry was not overjoyed when they announced her, I've got this online wanted to make sure I got the Capaldi cover.

NineTenElevenTwelve
NineTenElevenTwelve

Each episode sounds interesting. I'm REALLY looking forward to this series. I'm looking forward to episodes 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, and 12 the most but the others sound incredibly interesting too. However, I'm going to try going into this series with cautious optimism. I don't want to overhype myself and end up disappointed because the episodes didn't reach my overbloated expectations. I think that's been a problem with parts of the fandom recently.

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

PD: this should bring some relief to those that were worried about how "dark" it would get, though. Right?

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

This is only making me anticipate the series even more! MOFFAATTT

On another note, when I scrolled down to see the alternative covers I saw Clara's and for a moment there I thought I saw one of Matt. When I didn't find it I remembered...

It took me quite by surprise as I was sure I'd gotten over him leaving. I'm loving Capaldi from what we've seen, though. Bring on the change!

MJJ
MJJ

Looking forward to next month.

PeterGecko2
PeterGecko2

Wow, this seems like one of the best seasons ever! Here is most anticipated episodes to least, it's very early, so it could change:

1. 807

2. 805

3. 801

4. 802

5. 809

6. 810

7. 804

8. 808

9. 806

10. 811/812

11. 803

LaraHarris
LaraHarris

Seriously? These contain spoilers! A warning would have been good.

Swozor
Swozor

"A very funny Robin Hood episode": Moffat, you can't do funny- you always end up with cringey and embarrassing(And not in the good way). 


"A hoot with some serious bits. A bit like The Lodger": No! Not again! Please! 

"Foxes singing": Really? Seriously? Singing foxes?

"Boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic": Oh god, please not another one! The last two singing episodes(A Christmas Carol and The Rings of Ahkaten) were absolutely dreadful! Please, no more episodes about singing! 

Seaborn W Deadman
Seaborn W Deadman

I get the feeling this may be Clara's last series from that last episode preview for some reason...

ConradWesleyClough
ConradWesleyClough

I am looking forward to this series, the blurbs make it sound like it is going to be a good one.


G_Unitt
G_Unitt

Also, the alternative covers have Clara, Jenny, Vastra and Strax on, and they all look great.

G_Unitt
G_Unitt

This series sounds like it could be bloody excellent. I have not been this excited for anything since the 50th.

HitchcockWhovian
HitchcockWhovian

@MissKBrooks A lot of them are a lot longer - Deep Breath is 75 minutes, the next three episodes are 50 minutes, and presumably the final episodes will be extended a bit too. 

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@babbitdukes You are literally considering that a guest appearance of a singer (something which has happened in The Empty Child and A Christmas Carol among others) might "ruin" the episode. Is it possible to approach ANYTHING more negatively?

DWTV
DWTV moderator

They're straight from from Moffat's mouth. He clearly doesn't consider them spoilers otherwise he wouldn't have said, not to mention Moffat doesn't do spoilers. He hates them. There's very little actual plot details here, more hints and teases. 

The 14th Doctor
The 14th Doctor

Well Moffat isn't writing the Robin Hood episode, Gatiss is. And Moffat can do funny, the whole wood scene between 10/11 in Day is one of my favorite funny moments in the show.

Might I ask why? The funny episodes are needed to make the darker eps darker, and it makes sense this close to the finale. Also the Lodger is (to me) comically brilliant. I mean the Doctor; the Last of the Timelords, the Oncoming Storm, fighting an alien menace with... A toothbrush. The irony is hilarious.

Foxes is the stage name for a singer who's already been announced to be in the episode. She's a good singer too (well, I like her at least).

"Boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic" don't mean musical specifically, lyrical means to convey emotions through imaginative and beautiful writing. He's basically saying that you're going to cry. And A Christmas Carol was fantastic, I'll give you Rings, but that's mainly cause the story was dull.

Whilst you have the right to be pessimistic, I do advise that it's best you wait and see. These are mere hints, not synopsis.

DrWhoGoesThere
DrWhoGoesThere

@Swozor Aren't you just Mr. Negativity.  This is what I love about this fandom.

Anyway, the Robin Hood episode is Mark Gatiss.  Do your research. 

 Notsosmartguy
Notsosmartguy

@Swozor looks like someone's brimming with positivity :-p but seriously you have the right to your opinion :-)

supermoff of Sherwood
supermoff of Sherwood

@Swozor 1: Ep3 is being written by Gatiss, not Moffat. Plus, Moffat is the king of TV comedy both in the show and out of the show. Just look at "Coupling", and, in the show, episodes like "The Impossible Astronaut", "The Big Bang", "The Eleventh Hour" and "The Bells of Saint John" for his brilliant wit and humour. Gatiss isn't half bad at it himself. 

2: The Lodger received strong reviews and is a keen fan-favourite. 

3: Foxes is the stage name of Louisa Rose Allen, who is guest staring. 

4: Just because something is "lyrical and poetic" doesn't mean it's about singing. It just means that, in Moffat's opinion, the script is really strong, particularly in the dialogue. 



The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

The Robin Hood episode is written by Gatiss not Moffat (who can do funny very well in my opinion).

And don't worry, there won't be any foxes singing.


Oodkind
Oodkind

@Seaborn W Deadman It's possible. It says "[A] strong emotional story about Clara and the Doctor and the fact that the way they interact might not be healthy for everyone around them."

That could indicate Danny Pink or some other recurring character dies. That might make Clara want to leave.

BrambleRose
BrambleRose

@Me and Stuff @babbitdukes  Hi to you. I agree, solidly. I was stating myself the amount of negativity on even this site -though small, it's still present. I like the fact The Empty Child and A Christmas Carol is still remembered; by some fondly and others not so. I agree that the score of the episodes written by various Who composers and orchestral writers are magnificent: the song in Akenaten is brilliant and when sung in concert, with harmonies and the full on orchestral horns and strings is great. The child's voice, particularly, is grabbing at heart strings without being too sentimental. But I like the wit in the last few seasons with Moffat, too. It didn't always take itself seriously, which it did under RTD at times, IMHO. It's good to see an outline by Moffat, above -not spoilers, just a peek and most people have a clear idea of the various Whomonsters returning anyway. Cheers.

babbitdukes
babbitdukes

I really am not interested in songs in Dr who, others have posted about how Jenkins was awful in Christmas Carol, rings of abazalon was also hated, so Sorry for not jumping for joy the rest of the series I can't wait for.

PeterGecko2
PeterGecko2

We can all agree that 807 looks simply to be one of the best episodes of New Who, for me anyway. It looks perfect.

LaraHarris
LaraHarris

Ah... snark. Is it your usual approach? Forgive me for trying to keep the season as surprising as possible. I was expecting a general gist of theme and tone. Not to be told "this episode has Daleks... this episode has Cybermen"

Swozor
Swozor


I found the scene in the woods to be amusing at best. I didn't find it overly funny. Also, (I probably should have been clearer about this part, my bad) I mean "funny" episodes in general in the Moffat era. I find them to far too childish, immature, embarrassing and cringey. I like a fun episode, but I don't like people walking into objects or using a toothbrush as a weapon or "sassy" talking robots(I'm looking at you Dinosaurs on a Spaceship). For me, The Lodger was a "meh" episode. And ah okay, well the thing about Foxes being a singer isn't as bad then. I didn't know it was an actual singer. About the story going to make me cry. I doubt it. I haven't shed a single tear since Moffat took over(I just don't care for the characters in his era). I hated A Christmas Carol. It was the second worst Xmas episode yet(Only one worse, for me, was The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe). I am excited for the rest of the episodes in the season, but the ones I've mentioned give me a sense of dread and oncoming cringing. I may be pleasantly surprised, but I just doubt it at this moment for those specific episodes. Also, thank you for actually replying like a reasonable person- a few folk on here apparently don't know that you're allowed to not like the sound of something or not be looking forward to a specific part of something that they are looking forward to.




Swozor
Swozor

@DrWhoGoesThere I mean funny episodes in general since Moffat took over. I should have made that more clear. 

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

And what I hate about this fandom is fellows like you who say that anyone who disagrees with you is 'negative'. Let the guy have this opinion even if you disagree with it

BrambleRose
BrambleRose

@babbitdukes  Thing that I don't get about these fandoms -and thank god I'm a member of the DrWhoForum which doesn't tolerate nastiness -or dreadful grammar- is the amount of general negativity with "you are so wrong;  such and such an episode was also hated" etc. It's actually Rings of Akenaten not abazalon -though I may have made a little spelling mistake there, at least I did the research. That episode and its speech, together with the score, rated very highly amongst both old and NuWho fans. Others -not you- commented on how 'awful' Gattis is, or how 'terrible Moffat has been to the show. This is unbelievable. It's why I have stayed away from any articles because they're accompanied by trashy comments which end up abusing the poster! Honestly, it you want a witty, careful, kind and clever fan site, try The Doctor Who Forum. We're welcoming and we're not oozing with love over every Who episode, either: just kind with a vague bit of the intellectual chucked in for fun! Check it out. Or not. Kindest,  Bramble

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@Ottoman14 Shouting doom about episodes no one has even seen yet based on ridiculous assumptions is not equal to "having an opinion".