Description: The eighth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who premiered on 23 August 2014 on BBC One. The series is the first to star Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, and co-stars Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in her first full series.
The new series of DOCTOR WHO will air on ABC1 Sunday 23 August 2014.
As River Song would say – Spoilers!
Doctor Who – 8×1 – Deep Breath
When a dinosaur materialises alongside the Houses of Parliament in Victorian London, the Doctor’s old friends, the Pasternoster Gang, are relieved when he arrives, seemingly to deal with the creature. However, they soon realise that the Doctor is the one in need of help; newly regenerated, extremely volatile and questioning his self-worth, this is a very different man than the one they last saw. The only person that may be able to help him is Clara, and she is still grappling with losing the Doctor she knew and loved.
☞ ‘Look at the eyebrows! These are attack-eyebrows. You could take bottle tops off with these’
☞ “I’m scottish, I’ve gone scottish. Oh no that’s good. I’m scottish. I can complain about things.”
☞ “Maybe you should wear labels”
☞ “No sausages or pictures either…..Do you have a children’s menu?”
☞ “Door. Boring. Not me.” (jumps out window)
☁ “heaven” matched the location used in “The Girl Who Waited“.
⛲ Doctor Who season 8 episode 1 recap: Peter Capaldi has landed [The Age]
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode one – Deep Breath [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×2 – Into the Dalek
A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… with the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side. Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, am I a good man?
☞ Don’t be lasagne!
☞ Clara: “You’re not my boss, you’re one of my hobbies.”
☞ I am not a good Dalek. You are a good Dalek.
⛲ Doctor Who recap: Season 8 goes into the Dalek [The Age]
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode two – Into the Dalek [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×3 – Robot of Sherwood
In a sun-dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes really exist?
☞ “I don’t need a sword. Because I am the Doctor. And this is my spoon.”
⛲ Doctor Who, Prince of legends [The Age]
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode three – Robot of Sherwood [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×4 – Listen
After a failed date with Danny Pink, Clara returns to her home to find the Doctor awaiting her. He seeks a creature he believes to have perfected its ability to hide, that stalks humankind and is responsible for a dream common to all humans. Using the TARDIS’ telepathic circuit, the duo end up in the mid-1990s, where Clara meets Danny Pink as a boy. The Doctor and Clara comfort Danny from his fear when an unknown entity enters the boy’s room. After returning to her date with Danny and failing a second time, Clara returns to the TARDIS and meets Orson Pink, a distance descendant of Danny Pink, one of Earth’s first time travelers stranded at the end of the universe. After a brief moment with the entity, Clara triggers the TARDIS’ departure to an unknown barn, where she finds a crying child. Hiding beneath the bed, she realizes that the child is the Doctor in his younger years. When the boy gets out of the bed, Clara accidentally grabs his leg, and she realizes that she is the monster under the bed. She comforts him with the notion of fear being a constant companion that can bring out the good in him, where one day he’ll return to the barn during the moment of his greatest fear. Clara leaves, forcing the Doctor to not see where they had been. Clara and Danny reconcile, and the Doctor rejects the notion of the unknown entity ever existing.
☞ ‘Fear is a superpower, and fear can make you faster and stronger and cleverer … fear can make you kind.’
☞ “The deep and lovely dark. We’d never see the stars without it.”
⛲ Doctor Who Recap: Listen [The Age]
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode four – Listen [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×5 – Time Heist
The TARDIS’ phone rings in Clara’s apartment, and the Doctor and Clara find themselves in a strange chamber suffering from memory loss along with Psi the augmented human and Saibra the mutant human. They have been recruited by ‘The Architect’ to rob the Bank of Karabraxos, the most impregnable bank vault in the universe. The quartet collect the tools required for their heist, before witnessing a mysterious alien named the Teller turn the brain of a criminal to ‘soup’ with its psychic abilities. Saibra is later caught by the Teller, and activates an atomic disintegrater to avoid the pain of the Teller’s brain scan. Psi soon follows when caught by the Teller, and Clara and the Doctor gain access to the vaults of the bank. They gain the rewards of their heist from the vault, and proceed to the Private Vault, but not before regaining contact with Psi and Saibra who were teleported instead of disintegrated. The four find that the private vault is home to Director Karabraxos, and the Doctor gives her his number before she leaves the bank as it is destroyed by the solar storm. The Doctor regains his lost memories back from the Teller, revealing himself as the Architect, and unveiling the goal of the heist – to rejoin the Teller with the only other one of its species. The Doctor takes the two aliens away to live out their lives, and returns Saibra and Psi to their homeworlds, and Clara to her flat for her date.
☞ ‘I’m an amnesiac robbing a bank, why would I be OK?’
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode five – Time Heist [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×6 – The Caretaker
Clara is trying to maintain two separate lives: one as the Doctor’s companion, and the other as a school teacher in a romantic relationship with Danny Pink. The Doctor tells her that he’s going deep undercover, disguising himself as a temporary caretaker at her school (Coal Hill). Tracking a Skovox Blitzer, which vaporised a community support officer, CSO Matthew and is one of the deadliest machines created, he plans to displace it a billion years into the future where nothing else can be harmed. The Doctor meets Danny without realising he’s Clara’s partner, treating him with disdain because he was a soldier. Suspicious of the Doctor, Danny accidentally tampers with his trap, and the Skovox Blitzer is only sent seventy four hours into the future. The Doctor learns of Danny’s relationship with Clara, and Danny about Clara’s double life, leading them to argue. When the Skovox Blitzer rematerialises, the three work together to trick it in to deactivating itself. Danny warns Clara about the Doctor pushing her into reckless and dangerous actions. CSO Matthew awakens in the Promised Land.
☞ Doctor: Why do I keep you around?
Clara: Because the alternative would be growing a conscience of your own.
☞ Doctor: I used to have a teacher who was exactly like you.
Clara: You still do, pay attention.
⛲ Doctor Who Episode 6 Recap: The Caretaker [The Age]
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode six – The Caretaker [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×7 – Kill the Moon
The Doctor takes Clara and Courtney on a trip, where they arrive in 2049 on a Space Shuttle to the Moon with one hundred nuclear bombs. Noting the Moon’s higher gravity and meeting Captain Lundvik, the Doctor questions her, where he’s told that her team are on a suicide mission to blow up the Moon. A sudden mass high tide had threatened humanity’s existence, the cause being the Moon. Their mission was the only way to save the planet. An astronaut prepares to prime the bombs, but is attacked by a spider-like creature. Colonists are found entombed in spider webs, and the Doctor finds through the readings that had previously been taken, noting an increase in the Moon’s mass – the cause of the sudden tidal shift. Another spider attacks again, and the Doctor realizes that they are only germs. The Doctor determines that the Moon is an egg, with the creature inside ready to hatch. Lundvik recommends killing it, Clara disagrees and the Doctor abandons them forcing them to decide on their own. They call Earth’s inhabitants to make the decision, receiving an unanimous vote to save the Earth first. Clara intervenes and stops the countdown that would trigger the bombs, and the Doctor returns, rescuing them from the Moon. From Earth, they watch the creature hatch and the shell disintegrate, with the creature laying a new egg as a new Moon. Clara angrily confronts the Doctor, claiming that it was his decision to make too, since Earth is important in his life as well. She leaves the TARDIS and the Doctor, to be comforted by Danny.
☞ “You walk our Earth, Doctor, you breathe our air. You make us your friend when that is your mood to and you can damn well help us when we need it”
☞ “Neither of you are going anywhere. I’ve lost my crew. We were the last astronauts. This is the last shuttle, these are the last nuclear bombs. We’re the last chance for Earth and you’re staying to help me”
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode seven – Kill the Moon [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×8 – Mummy on the Orient Express
Clara rejoins the Doctor for one last outing before she leaves the TARDIS and the Doctor for good. They arrive on the a train named the Orient Express which travels through space, a distant future remake of the famous train. The Doctor soon discovers that an elderly woman has recently been murdered by a creature only she could see – she described it as an Egyptian ‘Mummy’. The Doctor insists that she died of old age, but when a member of the kitchen staff dies in the same way, the Doctor realizes that the ‘Mummy’ (known as the Foretold) is invisible to all but the one that it is about to kill. Once it is seen, it kills its victim in exactly sixty-six seconds. The train’s computer program, ‘Gus’, reveals to the Doctor that he has tasked him to capture the Foretold or face the death of innocents. The Doctor takes the consciousness of the Foretold’s next victim to see it, and discovers that it is a dead soldier powered by future technology with unfinished business. The Doctor discharges the soldier by surrendering, and the train’s occupants are saved. Gus declares that the survival of the train’s occupants is not required, and begins removing the train’s air supply. The Doctor uses the future technology from the Foretold to teleport the train’s occupants to safety, just before the train explodes. Later, Clara calls Danny and decides she is not ready to leave the Doctor.
☞ ‘It’s a smile, but it’s sad. It’s two different emotions at once, it’s like you’re malfunctioning’
Doctor Who – 8×9 – Flatline
Arriving in Bristol, the Doctor and Clara find the TARDIS has shrunk on the outside. Clara gets out to investigate the area, while the Doctor stays in the TARDIS until it has shrunk down to a handheld size, theorizing that something was leeching its external dimensions. Encountering a young graffiti artist named Rigsy, Clara assumes the role of the Doctor (having been given the screwdriver and psychic paper earlier). Communicating through an earpiece, the Doctor tells Clara that the thing they are facing is an alien from a universe that’s solely two-dimensional. The creatures have achieved the ability to make 3D objects 2D, and Clara, Rigsy, and community service people attempt to run from the creatures. The Doctor is soon able to create a device that can change the dimensions of objects similarly to the creatures. However, the TARDIS cannot function while it is running out of dimensions, and the Doctor powers it down into a ‘siege’ mode. The creatures have also learned to make themselves 3-dimensional, and assume demented guises of the people they have absorbed into two-dimensions. With the help of Rigsy, Clara is able to trick the creatures into powering the TARDIS once more and restoring it to regular size. The Doctor uses its power to send the creatures back into their dimension, telling them that this world is protected. Clara and the Doctor part ways with Rigsy, and after she asks if she was a good doctor, he tells her that she was an exceptional doctor in his place but goodness had nothing to do with it. Elsewhere, Missy watches live footage of the two, complimenting herself on her choice of choosing Clara.
☞ ‘They’re from a universe with only two dimensions, and yes that is a thing! It’s long been theorised of course, but nobody could go there and prove its existence without going on a heck of a diet’
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode 9 – Flatline [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×10 – In the Forest of the Night
Maebh, a young girl, is running through a forest when she comes across the TARDIS. She knocks and is answered by the Doctor, who after attempting to take her home, realizes that a forest has grown over London. Meanwhile in London Museum, Clara and Danny lead a group of kids out into the new forest after a museum sleepover. Clara immediately calls the Doctor, who reveals he is already aware of the forest and tells Clara to meet him in Trafalgar Square as he has found the runaway child from her group. Clara and Danny lead the children to the Doctor where upon arrival they attempt to figure out the truth behind the forest. Leading the children into the TARDIS, Danny notices a set of school books, and realizes Clara has been lying to him. The Doctor abruptly realizes Maebh is missing, and he and Clara set out to find her. Following a trail she has left, they find her, only to be cornered by wolves and a tiger which have escaped the zoo. As the Doctor desperately thinks of a plan, Danny arrives and drives the tiger away by shining a light in its eyes. The Doctor realizes Maebh is behind what’s going on, and uses the sonic to get the trees to speak through her. They reveal a solar flare is heading towards Earth which will destroy it and wipe out all life. Heading back to the TARDIS, the Doctor offers Clara, Danny and the kids an escape route. Clara points out that she would never leave Danny, Danny would never leave the kids, and the kids would miss their parents. The Doctor reluctantly leaves, before realizing the trees have grown to protect Earth like a giant airbag and the solar flare wouldn’t actually kill anyone. He hurriedly heads back to Earth, where, recruiting the kids, they send a message to the world to not destroy the trees. The solar flare passes by harmlessly and the excess trees disappear, their job done.
☞ “I’m not though, am I? Because I haven’t got an imagination. You can ask Miss Oswald.”
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode 10 – In the Forest of the Night [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×11 – Dark Water
While Clara attempts to gain the courage to tell Danny about her life with Doctor, Danny is hit by a car and is killed. Clara is comforted by her family, until she calls the Doctor. She attempts to blackmail the Doctor into saving Danny by throwing the TARDIS keys into a volcano one by one. The Doctor removes her from the dream state he placed on her and uses her memories for the TARDIS to find Danny. They are brought to a facility named 3W, in which skeletons are contained in a blue liquid. Elsewhere, Danny is being consoled by Seb for his death. The Doctor opens an information book, read by a hiding Missy, who claims that she is a droid. Meeting Doctor Chang, he explains that the dead are conscious and also shows them “dark water”, a substance which can only display organic material. Meanwhile, Missy awakens the skeletons and the tanks begin to drain. Clara talks with Danny, and she tries to find proof of his identity, but Danny refuses to let her be with him in death, so Clara ends the call. The Doctor and Chang exit into the hallway to see the tanks drain, revealing the skeletons are actually Cybermen. The Doctor and Missy exit and find themselves on the steps of St Paul’s cathedral. The Cybermen begin to march out of the cathedral, and Missy tells him that his efforts to evacuate are pointless, and that Missy is short for Mistress, revealing that she is the Master.
☞ Doctor: Who’s Missy?
Missy: Please try to keep up.
☞ Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode 11 – Dark Water [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8×12 – Death in Heaven
As part of Missy’s plans, Cybermen detonate themselves around London, releasing “Cyber pollen” that reincarnates and transforms the dead into Cybermen. Danny is one of these, and rescues Clara from 3W. UNIT bring the Doctor and Missy aboard a plane, where the Doctor is given control of Earth’s armies as “President of the Earth”. With the help of the Cybermen, Missy overpowers UNIT and blows up the plane. The Doctor survives by calling the TARDIS to him and reunites with Clara in a cemetery, where Clara has discovered the Cyberman who saved her is Danny. Danny reveals that a forecoming rainfall will convert all living people to Cybermen as well. Missy arrives and gifts the Doctor with control of all the Cybermen so he can conquer the universe. The Doctor refuses and gives control to Danny, who leads other Cybermen into exploding and stopping the rainfall. Missy is disintegrated by a final Cyberman, a reanimated Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. In the aftermath, Clara and the Doctor bid farewell with lies to each other: Clara tells the Doctor that Danny has reunited with her when he used his only escape attempt to return a child he killed to life, and the Doctor tells Clara he has found Gallifrey with coordinates Missy gave him when they led to nowhere. The Doctor leaves alone in the TARDIS when suddenly Santa Claus enters and asks him what he wants for Christmas.
☞ “I am not Clara Oswald. Clara Oswald has never existed”
☞ Of course, the Earth’s darkest hour and mine. Where else would you be?
☞ Never trust a hug. It’s just a way to hide your face.
☞ I’m not a good man, I’m not a bad man. I’m not a hero, I’m not a president. You know what I am? I am an IDIOT!’
⛲ Doctor Who recap: series 34, episode 12 – Death in Heaven [The Guardian]
Doctor Who – 8× Christmas Special 2014
“It’s Christmas, the North Pole. Who you gonna call?”
SERIES VERDICT: ★★★★