Doctor Who: Season 8 (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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.


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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


Super Reviewer

The introduction of Peter Capaldi's doctor finds the writing back on par with a few notable exceptions (cough, cough, "Robot of Sherwood"), but Capaldi makes even the dips in writing fun and Clara finally comes into her own.


Super Reviewer


Still doesn't bear the magic of earlier Doctor Who, but a stark and sudden improvement of the most recent seasons.


Super Reviewer

Easily the most anticipated premiere of 2014! With so much riding on one man's performance. Peter Capaldi absolutley delivered as his version of The Doctor was revealed to the world. I have never been more excited for a new series after viewing only one episode. I feel Capaldi will undoubtedly bring a whole new aspect to this beloved character and I can't wait to see what is to come. On top of the brilliant debut of Peter Capaldi! I also feel that it is necessary to point out that Jenna Coleman was finally able to bring more to her character with this episode. With everything going on in the past series. Her character never really developed fully, in my opinion. But, with this episode and the character defining moment when Clara stands-up to Madame Vastra, after having her motives and character attacked. We now have a brilliant companion (played beautifully by Coleman) standing toe-to-toe with this new and utterly fantastic Doctor.


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