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Doctor Who Series 8 Episode Titles and Writers Announced

Plus a look at the trailer for episode 1: Deep Breath

The BBC released all of the episode titles, writer names, and director names for all 12 episodes of the 8th series of Doctor Who. This will be actor Peter Capaldi's first season as the titual character and actress Jenna Coleman returns to reprise her role as Clara Oswald, the Doctor's companion. This season will air as one continuous run, unlike the past couple of seasons, which had long breaks at the haflway points. Here's the episode breakdowns.

Episode 1: Deep Breath.

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Ben Wheatley

Episode 2: Into The Dalek

Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat

Directed by Ben Wheatley

Introducing Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink.

Episode 3: Robot Of Sherwood

Written by Mark Gatiss

Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 4: Listen

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 5: Time Heist

Written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 6: The Caretaker

Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat

Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 7: Kill The Moon

Written by Peter Harness

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 8: Mummy On The Orient Express

Written by Jamie Mathieson

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 9: Flatline

Written by Jamie Mathieson

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 10: In The Forest Of The Night

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Directed by Sheree Folkson

Episode 11/12 Dark Water/Death In Heaven

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Rachel Talalay

The one obvious thing you can take away from the titles is that the Daleks will be returning in this series. Aside from that, you can't be too sure. What do you guys think of the writer and director announcements? What do you hope to see?

Series 8 of Doctor Who airs on August 23rd on BBC One and BBC America. Here's a look at the first episode of the series entitled "Deep Breath"

Source: BBC

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Posted by TheAcidSkull

Can't freaking wait!

Edited by feargalr

Here's hoping I like it more! Clara has been the worst companion since the reboot IMO and Moffat was much better suited to writing single/double episode arcs back when Davies was showrunner I think. But I'll remain optimistic... or try to at least.

Posted by inferiorego

@feargalr said:

Here's hoping I like it more! Clara has been the worst companion since the reboot IMO and Moffat was much better suited to writing single/double episode arcs back when Davies was showrunner I think. But I'll remain optimistic... or try to at least.

I, too, am not a fan of Clara.

Posted by Wardishy

Looking forward to it!

Posted by The Stegman

In cinemas? Is it getting a theatrical release? Or is that just British talk for "TV"?

Posted by Wardishy

@the_stegman: I haven't heard if it's getting a theatrical release or not, but I'm British and "in cinemas" does not mean "on TV", so, I don't know.

Posted by Lena_Dante

I was really really hoping for another Gaiman episode :(

Posted by Falconer

This show's quality has taken a nose dive the last couple of seasons. Here's hoping Clara isn't written like total garbage/is actually used well this season.

Posted by TimeLordScience

I really don't like Clara, like everyone else seemingly haha. But I like Capaldi and it's nice to have an older Doctor again.

Edited by Omega Ray Jay

Looking forward to it to, most interested to see Capaldi's take on it as I was never a fan of Matt Smith.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Doctor Who isn't an attractive, charismatic young british man any more ;o?

*Hears legions of fan girls cry out in saddness and refuse to watch the show because its been ruined*

Posted by siddhartha

Can anyone tell me where to begin if I want to get into Dr Who mythos ?

Posted by lagozzino

@the_stegman: The season premier is getting a limited theatrical run, the same way they did for the 50th anniversary special.

Posted by unlondun14

@the_stegman: I believe it is being shown one night only in certain cinemas in the USA

Posted by conbar24

No Gaiman, no good.

Posted by Astro_Zombie78

@siddhartha: Start with season one with Christopher Eccelston as the doctor and just keep going.

Edited by NightFang

Can't wait!

Posted by Devbob98

@feargalr: hundred percent agree, been watching the show since I was four, vhs's of tom baker and stuff, have to say clara is one of the worst companions in the history of the show.

Posted by Empurios

so excited

Posted by lagozzino

@falconer said:

Here's hoping Clara isn't written like total garbage/is actually used well this season.

I second that. Basically all the other incarnations we've seen of Clara (the version of her that thought she was a dalek, the version of her from victorian times) have had more of a personality in their single appearances than the main Clara has had in all her appearances. If you asked me to point out Clara's identifying traits, I don't think I'd be able to. Its like they spent so much time thinking about the concept for her character, that they completely skipped over developing Clara herself as a person.

The worst part is they had the perfect opportunity to do something interesting with Clara in the 50th anniversary special and they didn't take it. The whole concept of Clara is that a version of her is supposed to appear to each incarnation of The Doctor to help and save him in his hour of need. It seems like such a natural fit that she'd be the companion that guided John Hurt's Doctor in his most critical hour, but nope, instead they plug in an illogical Rose Tyler cameo (except it wasn't actually Rose Tyler at all, and Billie Piper was basically only brought in for fan service and misleading marketing). What a waste.

Posted by Cave_Duck

The trailer's a bit meh, but I'm looking forward to the new series.

Can't remember her name, but I do love the Victorian-era, samurai sword wielding, lesbian, lizard woman, hope she's shown more often.

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

i should start watching dr. who

Posted by dngn4774

I really don't like Clara, like everyone else seemingly haha. But I like Capaldi and it's nice to have an older Doctor again.

Clara and Donna imo are the worst to companions of the reboot. I really hope Capaldi's doctor is more like the 3rd (Pertwee's my favorite doctor of all time).

Posted by Falconer

@lagozzino: Totally agree that her guest spots were WAY better than her as a companion. And while I also agree that they did a bait and switch for the 50th Anni episode, I'm glad Moffat didn't try to come up with some b.s. to go to the alternate reality with Rose and human 10th.

Posted by BeholdtheVison

Huh. I like Clara a lot.

Edited by TimeLordScience

@dngn4774:

Donna > Martha, in my opinion.

12 is indeed very reminiscent of 3 visually, so maybe you'll get your wish (:

Posted by dngn4774

@timelordscience: To me Martha has just been a lamer version of Rose (which is not bad considering Rose=awesome), but Donna's personality made it impossible for me to enjoy her episodes.

Posted by TimeLordScience

@dngn4774: At least Donna had a personality. Martha was just a lovesick puppy, the way I saw it.

I thought the "Turn Left" episode was great.

Edited by lagozzino

@dngn4774: @timelordscience: My thoughts exactly. Martha's entire personality was "Not Rose". Her season arc was pretty much just coming to terms with the fact that the Doctor isn't into her because he's still stuck on Rose. She didn't really exist as an independent character, so much as she was just an extension of the Doctor and Rose's storyline. IMO, she only started to develop an actual personality post-Season 3 (ie: her guest spots in Season 4, and her little run on Torchwood, though her little epilogue in The End Of Time special sorta shat all over said development... but I digress).

Donna was abrasive and easy to dislike (I personally loved her, but I can definitely see how someone would hate her), but at least she was written as a person with a defined personality who had thoughts and feelings completely unrelated to the Doctor.

And yes, I think "Turn Left" is easily one of the best episodes of the revived show.

Posted by lagozzino

@lena_dante: *whispers "Bad Wolf" into the camera for the sole purpose of including it in the trailer"

Posted by dngn4774

@lagozzino: "Turn Left" is good but my all time fav still has to be "Dalek" from season one. Eccleston knocked it out of the park. It's a shame they had to flood the series with Daleks and Cyberman over and over again in the recurring seasons. Don't get me wrong they're great villains, it just makes the stories seem lazier when they get overused. Hopefully the Dalek episodes will be good, I just wish the twelfth had a better companion to share those adventures with than Clara.