Doctor Who: Season 8 (2013 - 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: 26


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Air date: Aug 23, 2014

The newly-regenerated Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) experiences an identity crisis while Clara (Jenna Coleman) struggles to accept his weathered new look and a towering dinosaur rampages through London in the premiere episode of Doctor Who: Season Eight. His mind racing after his recent transformation, The Doctor convalesces in the care of Madam Vastra (Neve McIntosh), her maid/wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart), and their Sontaran butler Strax (Dan Starkey) before awakening to see the misplaced dinosaur burst into flames. When Vastra points out that there have been other cases of spontaneous combustion recently, The Doctor sets out in search of answers. Before long, a clue in the newspaper leads The Doctor and Clara to a local restaurant, where they quickly realize they are surrounded by androids with no hope of escape. Upon descending into a subterranean lair The Doctor and his companion come face-to-face with an aged android who has been harvesting spare parts from humans so long that he's more flesh than metal. Later, after presenting the malevolent android with an ultimatum, The Doctor vanishes. When he subsequently reappears promising to take Clara home, she joins him in the TARDIS. Instead the pair heads to Glasgow, where Clara receives an unexpected phone call that changes her perspective on the recent regeneration, and renews her devotion to the tormented Time Lord.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2014

A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them. As he faces 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.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2014

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 actually exist?

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Air date: Sep 13, 2014

What will the Doctor find at the end of the universe? Listen! What scares the Doctor? Ghosts of the past and future crowd into the lives of the Doctor and Clara, a terrified caretaker in a children's home, the last man standing in the universe, and a little boy who doesn't want to join the army. Listen!

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Air date: Sep 20, 2014

The Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task he cannot refuse - steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos. With the help of a beautiful shape-shifter and a cyber-augmented gamer, the Doctor and Clara must fight their way past deadly security and come face-to-face with the fearsome Teller: a creature of terrifying power that can detect guilt.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2014

When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill School, the Doctor decides to go undercover. The Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity - and worse, Danny Pink and the Doctor are about to meet.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2014

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2014

The Doctor battles a terrifying mummy who is stalking passengers on a train.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2014

Separated from the Doctor, Clara discovers a new menace from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With people to save and the Doctor trapped, Clara goes against an enemy that exists beyond human perception.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2014

Huge forests grow up overnight around the world and begin to overwhelm the Earth.

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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 (26) | Top Critics (10)

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…

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…

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…

For a program known for its harum-scarum pace and keep-up-or-shut-up iconography, the Season 8 Saturday premiere of BBC America's Doctor Who opens slowly - even with the T. rex - and radiates a newly modern self-consciousness.

Aug 25, 2014 | Full Review…

Overall, Capaldi's first episode seems flat and uninspired. If he is to be the actor to regenerate a franchise crushed under the weight of its own history, Moffat is going to have to find new places for the TARDIS to go.

Jan 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

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

Aug 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doctor Who: Season 8

  • Jan 05, 2021
    Most of the episodes were good but the finale wasn't the best
  • Dec 29, 2020
    I don't know, it's not a bad season but I feel like Moffat wasted too much time trying to pass some idea of what the Doctor should be rather than actually making a good season, with good stories and opportunities for the actor to really express themselves.
  • Dec 13, 2020
    The first completely bad season in the new DW with the only mildly good episode being "Flatline". Capaldi is a pretty enjoyable Doctor, but these episodes are just awful.
  • Mar 20, 2020
    Love for Peter, love for Jenna, love for Moffat.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    Peter struggles with the scripts as most new doctors do when the writers don't understand the how the new doctor is portrayed on screen.
  • Jan 12, 2020
    It's good. But not great.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    Previous 7 seasons were so good that this season initially this felt like a huge let down. But watched through them again and they are decent enough.
  • Jan 03, 2020
    Well done, the writing is not the best but Capaldi is a fantastic doctor, clara is an okay companion but the episodes are cool and enjoyable.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    This is a pretty good season, but a rough start for Clara and Doctor 12. Get through it so you can get to season 9 which is AMAZING! Trust me, Clara and 12 finally really click in season 9.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    A great bold step for Doctor Who.

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