Doctor Who: Season 8 (2014)


Season 8
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Like a TARDIS dropping down in a burst of excitement, Peter Capaldi adds a revitalizing blast of boldness and humor to Doctor Who's time-tested formula.



Critic Ratings: 25


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Air date: Aug 23, 2014
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A new face for a new series. Peter Capaldi makes his debut as the latest incarnation of the quirky Time Lord, The Doctor. After regenerating at the close of the Christmas special, The Doctor must adjust to his new features and new personality, as so must Clara, who struggles initially to accept the shocking change. However, time is against him as he must embrace his latest form in order to conquer a sinister threat lurking in the background of events.

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Critic Reviews for Doctor Who Season 8

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

Here we go again. The Doctor has regenerated and, in his Twelfth's iteration, he's older, funnier and even more eccentric than before.

Aug 21, 2014 | Full Review…

While I love what Capaldi has done with the Doctor, I'm much less thrilled about the stories he's been featured in.

Nov 7, 2014 | Full Review…
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It's pretty evident that Moffatt is figuring out where he can take Capaldi's Doctor.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Season eight is not without its wobbles, but as an attempt to inject surprise and danger into this show again, it's a huge success.

Dec 5, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It was possibly the strongest, clearest mission statement any Doctor ever got to make upon donning his new togs.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

There are more than enough fun moments to at least keep fans interested enough to tune in to next week's episode with the Daleks. With a new Doctor, we'd say that's a win.

Aug 27, 2014 | Full Review…

It's clear that this is a Doctor apart from his recent predecessors, and we can't wait to see more of him.

Aug 27, 2014 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

All of the current-era Doctors have done a good job of hinting at the anger and darkness that lurks behind the Doctor's larky facade, but Capaldi brings a welcome element of yearning melancholy to the Twelfth Doctor.

Aug 27, 2014 | Full Review…

The excitement was over before Capaldi had the chance to stamp his personality on things.

Aug 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Is it fun? Of course it is. Lots of wild to-ing and fro-ing between Capaldi and Coleman, who have solid chemistry.

Aug 27, 2014 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 8

  • Jun 06, 2019
    This season was a perfect entrence for me into the life of a Whovian. I thought it was nearly perfect. Highly recommended!
  • May 03, 2019
    Amazing series. Superb writing for most stories and perfect acting by capaldi. my 2nd favourite series of doctor who after series 9.
  • Mar 28, 2019
    I enjoyed the series and i was on board fairly quick and when it was done airing I looked back at it positively. Crazy Capaldi with the guitar and the crazy hair made the character and if i hadnâ??t ended up enjoying him more id put 5 stars.
  • Jan 15, 2019
    Clara and some really bad writing bring down some of this series, but it finished with moving strength despite all signs to the contrary.
  • Jan 13, 2019
    For the first time since Eccleston, I am finding it hard to like the new generation of The Doctor right away. It has been a long time (since the original series in fact) since we saw The Doctor as an older man which feels different that what we've been used to lately. The Doctor is even questioning himself, whether or not he is a good man or not. So it might be intentional by the writers. Despite, not being as instantly likable as Matt Smith and David Tennant, Peter Capaldi does definitely feel like The Doctor and he is an interesting regeneration. Despite the fact that Peter Capaldi took some time getting used to as The Doctor, the stories and writing were as always great. Clara is still great too and adds a lot to the show.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Excellent first season for Capaldi.
  • Jan 04, 2019
    The shows descent into poor writing and social justice activism begins here. Gender bending a main villain, rather than utilizing an existing female villain such as the Rani was a horrible error. After this season each one gets worse and worse.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    Really good this year but I didn't feel Clara like I did Rose but don't get me wrong I did like her most of the time.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    A nice refreshing take on the show free of the cringe inducing 'boyfriend' Doctors from the previous six series. The Twelfth Doctor is easily the best and most interesting incarnation that the New Series has produced and steals nearly every scene that he's in. The episodes are generally strong apart from a few with unusual twists and the acting has improved since Series 7. The only negative is the awful series finale with a terrible plot, a rubbish remake of a well loved villain and *shudders* the Cyber Brigadier.
  • Dec 29, 2018
    tHIS IS DOCTOR WHO AT IT'S PEAK. CAPALDI IS THE PERFECT EMBODIMENT OF THE DOCTOR, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THE DOCTOR AS SOMEONE ELSE. INDEED, HE COULD VERY EASILY PASS AS A MEMBER OF THE ORIGINAL TRIO OF DOCTORS. CLARA IS ALSO THE BEST COMPANION OF THE SHOW, EVER. Moffat the best writer/show runner. in time more and more people will have this view as capaldi's era ages like a fine wine. there was only two episodes i can say were "low": robots and forest of the night. robots was very enkoyable though. indeed, up untill forest of the night the series was filled with bangers. LISTEN, INTO THE DALEK, MUMMY AND FLATLINE WERE ALL TOP TIER EPISODES. Kill the moon was a shocking episode to rewatch as it wasn't nearly as bad as i had remembered and indeed has many interesting character moments. the capaldi era is often said to be very blurred and the overarching themes too obvious but i have to say after rewatching after four years, there were a lot of subtelties in the season that i either had forgotten or not picked up on.

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