The shape of Doctor Who series 8 episodes

News Simon Brew
28 Jun 2014 - 08:20

A round up of what we actually know - not what's rumoured - about Doctor Who series 8...

You don't need us to tell you that later this year, the new series of Doctor Who - series 8 since its revival in 2005 - will be heading to BBC One. Peter Capaldi will be starring as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman returns as Clara, and Samuel Anderson is joining the cast too (although seemingly not until a few episodes in) as new regular Danny Pink.

Here's what we know about the shape of the series so far. We'll keep this post updated, but only with solid information. We'll keep rumours to other parts of the site.

With that in mind, here's what we do know...

UPDATE: Frank Cottrell Boyce completes the line-up of series eight's writers.

UPDATE: British singer Foxes will be a guest star in an as-yet unconfirmed series eight episode, acting and performing a track. Details here. 

UPDATE: Frank Skinner will be a guest star in Jamie Mathieson's episode. Details here.

UPDATE: American director Rachel Talalay is to helm two episodes of Doctor Who series eight, according to Doctor Who TV. Talalay's sci-fi and fantasy pedigree is well established, with episodes of Haven, Continuum, Supernatural, Kyle XY and more under her directing belt.


Deep Breath
Saturday 23rd August

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Ben Wheatley

Guest stars: Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart, Dan Starkey, Nigel Betts, Paul Hicket, Tony Way, Maggie Service, Sean Ashbun

This story, set mainly in Victorian London, will see the Paternoster troupe returning. It's set to pick up pretty much straight after the Christmas episode.

The episode will be "feature length".


Into The Dalek

Writer: Phil Ford
Director: Ben Wheatley

Guest stars: Michael Smiley, Zawe Ashton

Lots of rumours about this one, but writer Phil Ford would only tease the word "lasagne", and then the phrase "behind enemy lines". Make of that what you will. An invasion of a Findus factory, perhaps?


Robots Of Sherwood

Writer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Paul Murphy

Guest stars: Tom Riley, Ben Miller, Trevor Cooper, Ian Hallard, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Adam Jones

There's a Sherwood Forest setting for this one, it's been revealed.



Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Douglas Mackinnon

Guest star: Robert Goodman (Game Of Thrones), Sam Anderson

Goodman will be taking the role of Reg in this one, which will interesting Sam Anderson as new companion Danny Pink. Coal Hill School is part of the setting for the episode.


Time Heist

Writer: Steve Thompson
Director: Douglas Mackinnon

Guest stars: Jonathan Bailey, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes has been cast as a banker by the name of Ms Delphox in this one. She's going to be a villain, described as a "powerful out of this world character with a dark secret". The Doctor and Jenna will encounter her on "a strange and puzzling planet".


The Caretaker

Writer: Gareth Roberts
Director: Paul Murphy

Guest stars: Nigel Betts, Edward Harrison, Andy Gillies, Ellis George, Jimmy Vee


Kill The Moon

Writer: Peter Harness
Director: Paul Wilmhurst

Guest stars: Hermione Norris, Ellis George, Christopher Dane, Tony Osoba

This is the episode that will take the Doctor back to Lanzarote, for the first time since 1984's Planet Of Fire. That's no coincidence, either. Steven Moffat has said that "the Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure", although "there have been sinister changes since his last visit".


Mummy On The Orient Express

Writer: Jamie Mathieson
Director: Paul Wilmhurst

Guest stars: Frank Skinner, David Bamber, Daisy Beaumont, Foxes

Foxes will be singing a song in this one, which will possibly be released as a single. "The Doctor is finally catching up on his phone calls", we've been teased about this one.



Writer: Jamie Mathieson
Director: Douglas Mackinnon

Guest stars: Christopher Fairbank, Jovian Wade, Matt Bardock, John Cummins, Raj Bajaj, Jessica Hayes

There's a working title of 'Flatline' for this episode.


In The Forest Of The Night

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce
Director: Sheree Folkson

Guest star: Harley Bird (Peppa Pig)


Dark Water

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Rachel Talalay

Guest star: Joan Blackham

All we know for a fact here is that Talalay has revealed that her episodes are "not Doctor-lite, companion-lite, or anything else-lite". That and the fact that this is the first of a two-parter.


Death In Heaven

Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Rachel Talalay

The second half of a two-parter. Expected to be the finale of the series, before the Christmas special.


Thus far untitled

This one's assumed to be the Christmas special. Most likely written by Steven Moffat.

Further updates as we get them...

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