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Deep Breath

Series 8

Episode 1

First Transmitted

23 August 2014

Final Ratings



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Regular Cast

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara)

Guest Cast
Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Dan Starkey (Strax), Catrin Stewart (Jenny), Peter Ferdinando (Half-Face Man), Paul Hickey Alf (Inspector Gregson), Tony Way Elsie (Maggie), Brian Miller (Waiter), Graham Duff (Waiter), Ellis George (Courtney), Peter Hannah (Policeman), Paul Kasey (Footman), Mark Kempner (Cabbie), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Matt Smith (The Doctor)


Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Produced by Nikki Wilson


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

Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.


  • The Doctor accidentally brings Clara to Glasgow.
  • In his confusion, the Twelfth Doctor thinks Clara is the regeneration of Handles. He also thinks that Strax is one of the seven dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, calling him “Sneezy”, “Bashful”, “Dopey” and “Grumpy”.
  • Clara asks the Twelfth Doctor to buy coffee. A similar scene occurred in The End of the World where Rose Tyler asked the Ninth Doctor to buy chips. In both scenes, The Doctor stated that he has no money.
  • The Doctor enhances the TARDIS control room with furnishings such as a chalkboard, bookshelves, and a recliner. He also changes the cold blue neon piping in the time rotor to a warmer amber, adding an ambient feel to the console room.
  • Vastra claims she hasn’t seen dinosaurs since she was a little girl.
  • Jenny snaps at Vastra for calling humans derogatory terms because they’re married. (A Good Man Goes To War)
  • The Clockwork Droids from The Girl In The Fireplace return
  • Strax mentions using deadly acid again. (The Crimson Horror)
  • The Doctor once again confirms that he does not see the human race as “small” (The End of Time, Hide)
  • The Fourth Doctor had previously fought in Victorian London, the war criminal Magnus Greel, who came from the 51st century as did the Half-Face Man. (The Talons of Weng Chiang)
  • The Doctor remembers that he wore a scarf once. (Robot)
  • The Doctor passing out and Jenny asking Clara who the Twelfth Doctor is, is a complete copy of the opening scene from The Christmas Invasion, where Jackie asked Rose who the Tenth Doctor was.
  • After seeing new Doctor, Madame Vastra says “Well then, Here we go again.”, just like the Brigadier did. (Planet of the Spiders)
  • The Doctor wonders who gave Clara the phone number of the TARDIS. (The Bells of St John)
  • The Doctor mentions Amy, making reference to her long legs. (The Impossible Astronaut)
  • While performing a physical examination of Clara, Strax makes an observation on her thorax as did Linx with Sarah Jane Smith (The Time Warrior) as well as Commander Skorr to Martha Jones. (The Sontaran Stratagem).
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