The wait is almost over and we’ve got the trailer for the first episode of Doctor Who season eight, Deep Breath. There’s a brand new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to get to know. Will he be funny, serious, or just plain nuts? The teasers so far certainly point towards a much darker Doctor this regeneration. A Doctor unsure of himself and obsessed with his past deeds.

Here’s the official episode description:

When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions.

Of course the real story will be all about this Doctor finding out who he is and what he wants. Combine this with the Doctor’s current companion Clara (Jenna Coleman), The Impossible Girl, living multiple lives to save the Doctor and you’ve got some great tension. Will she finally meet a Doctor she doesn’t want to save?

Deep Breath:

Dinosaurs, creepy half metal man, and the Doctor in a night-shirt, seems normal. I’m wondering how much running there will be in this season. From what I’ve seen so far, I’d have to say this isn’t a Doctor who runs, but rather stands his ground and damn the consequences.

Peter Capaldi dished out some harsh self-criticism during a recent Q&A session that followed a special screening of the season 8 premiere Deep Breath. Responding to show-runner Steven Moffat‘s comments that he thought Capaldi was fantastic, Capladi jumped in saying:

The funny thing I didn’t tell you is that I thought when we did it that was a disaster. I thought I’d done it so badly and I was so – to use a popular phrase – out of the loop. But I’d enjoyed the experience so much that I thought, if that’s as far as it goes, that’s worth it.

Moffat came back at Capaldi saying:

I could show you that footage and he was fantastic. Obviously it’s him, look at him, he’s been rehearsing in his bedroom since the age of four!

If you’ve wondered what that audition might have looked like, Moffat, in an issue of Doctor Who Magazine talked about the auditions and what he had them read:

I had to make up some scenes for the auditions, cos I haven’t written the real script yet,” he writes. “So here, in an exclusive, as a big old tease, is one of the imaginary scenes I wrote. Couple of things. Nothing to glean about what’s coming in the stories – this scene will never appear in the show itself. Also, you’ll learn very little about Number 12 – naturally, this was written before the casting began. And anyway, the scenes we use for the auditions are designed more as obstacle courses than ‘proper’ scenes. Fairly generic Doctor stuff, for someone to spin into a new version of the Time Lord. So, with the proviso that there’s nothing to learn here (won’t stop you trying, I know) here is – sort of, kind of, not really – the first scene for Number 12…


The new Doctor is checking out the new body. Clara, watching. It’s been a few minutes, they’re both still adjusting.

THE DOCTOR: Right then, eyesight. Not bad, bit blue. Ears – not pointy, right way up, more or less level. Face – well I’ve got one. Oh, no – French!

CLARA: French.

THE DOCTOR: I’ve deleted French! Plus all cookery skills, and the breast stroke. And hopping. Never mind hopping, who needs to hop. Ohh, the kidneys are interesting. Never had that before – interesting kidneys.

CLARA: Are you all right?

THE DOCTOR: I don’t know, do I look all right?

CLARA: I don’t know.

THE DOCTOR: How’s the face? Seems all right from the inside. Nice action, responsive. Bit less heft on the chin. How is it?

CLARA: It’s… okay.


CLARA: It’s a bit… you know.

THE DOCTOR: No I don’t, I haven’t seen it yet.

CLARA: Maybe it’s just new.

THE DOCTOR: Have you changed height?


THE DOCTOR: You sure?

CLARA: It’s you, your height, you’re the one who’s changed.

THE DOCTOR: And look at your nose.

CLARA: What about my nose?

THE DOCTOR: It was really cute, I loved your nose, you should’ve kept it.

CLARA: I did, it’s the same nose, it’s the same all of me. You’re the one who’s… regenerated, whatever you call it.

THE DOCTOR: Are you wearing a smell?

CLARA: Do you mean perfume?

THE DOCTOR: Yes, I suppose it could be perfume.

CLARA: You’ve always liked that perfume, you said so.

THE DOCTOR: No I didn’t, that was the Doctor.

CLARA: You’re the Doctor.

THE DOCTOR: Yes, I suppose I am. That’s going to take a bit of getting used to.

CLARA: Yeah, it really is.

What secrets of the Doctor will we discover this season? The Doctor Who World Tour has already kicked off, that’s why we didn’t see a Doctor Who presence at SDCC2014 this year.

The World Tour Kickoff Video:

You can tune in to watch the tour live as it happens at each stop using this link.

Deep Breath airs internationally, Saturday, August 23.

Via: Radio Times

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