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August 23rd, 2014 240 comments

What Did You Think of Deep Breath?

Now that the highly anticipated first episode of series 8 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected…
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.

Doctor Who Deep Breath DVD/Bluray

The Doctor makes a spectacular return to the big screen in the feature-length debut episode of Series 8; Deep Breath. Directed by acclaimed Director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) and written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat, the beginning of the Twelfth Doctor’s era stars Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald in a pulse-racing adventure through Victorian London.


Containing the feature length first episode from the much anticipated Series 8 of Doctor Who, the BBC One show in which Peter Capaldi was revealed as the Twelfth Doctor, a 10 minute behind the scenes feature and more.

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  • dalek eternal

    August 26th, 2014 - 11:54am

    So whats everyone opinion on capaldi? please none of the he’s to old to be the doctor stuff I just want to see genuine opinions from genuine fans. I thought he was brilliant I’ve been excited to see an older doctor again for a while and I loved how he answered clara back I think he has the possibility to be the best doctor yet

    • The Other

      August 26th, 2014 - 1:33pm

      I thought he was amazing!
      A fantasticly different and darker Doctor, with brilliantly familiar and humourous tones
      I look forward to his tenure as The Doctor!

    • cyberman2

      August 26th, 2014 - 4:11pm

      i like him. great addition to the doctors


      August 26th, 2014 - 11:35pm

      thought he was really good, and i hope he gets darker. one of my fave moments with him was when he left clara behind. clara also grew up in this episode, she had some great moments. i think they’ll be good together.

  • Jason

    August 26th, 2014 - 10:14am

    Peter Capaldi IS the Doctor and I think he’ll be a damn good one!
    However this story was hardly the best start, a bit lacklustre and didn’t really warrant the extra length. Nice dinosaur, though.

    Think Matt Smith appearing in the episode was not a good idea. If viewers are to accept the new Doctor, surely re-visiting the previous one in such a way is just daft.

  • Exterminator

    August 25th, 2014 - 11:08pm

    I thought it was a great first episode, I love Capaldi and can’t wait to see more of series 8. Clara was wonderful as were Vastra, strax and Jenny.

    I liked the Blue Peter competition props for the paternoster gang. (Jenny’s gauntlet, Vastra’s hat pin, and Strax’s medical loupe thing.)

    One small error, when the Doctor fell through the tree and lands on the horse, the tree is nowhere to be seen as he gallops out of the courtyard?

    Oh, and I don’t understand why Clara would be so shocked about his older appearance when she has seen and helped every incarnation of the Doctor when she jumped into his time stream. She of all people should’ve known it was the same man.

    • The Moffat Paradox

      August 25th, 2014 - 11:27pm


    • Anonymous

      August 26th, 2014 - 11:05am

      The way I see the clara thing is that she knows and possibly fancies the doctor (11), to her when she thinks of the doctor she thinks of 11, to her he is THE doctor. All the other doctors she’s met she knows are the doctor but she doesn’t necessarily make the link that they are the same person as 11, like she knows they’re the doctor but doesn’t think about them as being the same person, she just thinks of them as different people who need to be saved, like in the 50th she’s meeting three doctors, but she still sees 11 as the doctor (as she says herself) she calls the others the doctor but to her they’re not THE doctor. So when HER doctor regenerates and she’s faced with the fact that these men are all the same person (a fact she’s never needed to really acknowledge) it’s too much for her, the man she loves is gone and is now a man who looks old enough to be her dad and doesn’t even remember her.
      The closest thing I relate it to is James Bond. So many actors have played Bond, we all know they’re meant to be the same person but we don’t really think about them being the same person (that doesn’t make sense, I know lol). We never really think they change, but imagine if half way through a film Bond goes from being played by Daniel Craig to being played by John Hurt, you would be confused and shocked, you’d know it’s the same character yet still find it hard to believe and accept.
      I just sort of believe that’s sort of how you’d act when the person who could well be your boyfriend becomes a grumpy old man, she knows it’s him but just doesn’t want to accept it.
      Sorry for the waffling and complete lack of making sense XD

  • john

    August 25th, 2014 - 9:53pm

    Lets call it 1 aand done. How fan we regenerate the doctor fast!!!!!!!!! It was the worst dr who iv ever seen. The impossible girl needs to do the impossible and get rid of this doctor fast

  • john

    August 25th, 2014 - 9:45pm

    I got bored with it. All this hype for a let down. It just needs a more energetic doctor. I started with David Tennant and the transition from him to Matt smith was an easy one. They seemed tl struggle with Peter Capaldi. I kept waiting for it to pick up but it never did! Im afraid Capaldi might just be too old for the part. They might lose the younger viewer. And im Capaldis age. It was a big let down

    • Gallifrey Will Rise Again

      August 25th, 2014 - 10:39pm

      Capaldi is a fantastic actor and was absolutely superb as the doctor and like it or not he’s here to stay for years to come. You really can tell the die hard fans from the casuals because it’s the same tiresome garbage every time a new doctor debuts. The script was nigh on spot on it was funny, dramatic and on occasion shocking especially when the doctor appeared to abandon clara.

  • alex

    August 25th, 2014 - 6:01pm

    Posted by: alex Reply
    August 25th, 2014 – 5:53pm
    Any one of you realize that the woman at the end in ‘heaven’ is Clara? She was called missy and matt smith called clare that in the phone call at the end, it sound like miss you but she said missy! The woman also claimed to be the doctor’s boyfriend, and capaldi said it might be your boyfriend before she answered the phone call. Who else could she be? People have always thought of Clara and the doctor as a couple previously more than the usual doctor and companion. The woman also new about the doctors accents, clara also mentioned his scottish accent in the final scene.

    • Eternal Dalek

      August 25th, 2014 - 10:57pm

      Perhaps she’s either a version of River Songs or Tassa Lem from Trenzealore?

    • The Moffat Paradox

      August 25th, 2014 - 11:12pm

      Played back recording with volume raised and it sounds to me at a stretch miss ya and the subtitles say miss you. Who or what she is still unclear but wether she is or not an older/future Clara or whatever her action in reactivating the lead robot seems hostile and the seeming slight glow on her face and clenching of her teeth at the end suggests something different about her entirely.Whatever the motivation in apparently giving the established Clara a number to phone the Tardis and the placing of the newspaper advert.

    • Kandy man

      August 29th, 2014 - 10:58am

      a character named Missy appeared In Nightmare in Silver, we saw a cyber hand over her face but never actually saw her die?

  • dalek eternal

    August 25th, 2014 - 3:08pm

    reading some of the comments on this site and others is what separates the real fans from the fanboys/fangirls peter capaldi was amazing I’ve been excited for this series since I found out peter capaldi was playing the doctor because he’s an excellent actor and it’s about time we had an older doctor again im a big fan of pertwees doctor only started watching the classics a few years ago but instantly fell in love with them I have yet to see a doctor I don’t like and ive seen episodes from each doctor and their all equally brilliant each doctor brings something new to the show.

    • Gallifrey Will Rise Again

      August 25th, 2014 - 10:23pm

      I agree with everything you said. It was exactly the same negative garbage when matt took over from tennant and as usual these so called ‘fans’ will jump on the bandwagon by the end of the series exactly as they did by the end of series 5 with matt. Pathetic isn’t it.

  • Robert

    August 25th, 2014 - 12:29am

    The episode was alright, but every time anyone made any reference to the Doctors age I was taken right out of the episode. It was so out of character for Clara to be concerned about the Doctor being old, it was just written to tend to all the complaining fans.

    • dalek eternal

      August 25th, 2014 - 3:09pm

      I think clara was concerned about him being old because she thought that when he regenerates he gets a young face but then gradually ages like how we saw matt age in time of the doctor.

    • starshipalaska

      August 25th, 2014 - 6:36pm

      Completely agree with dalek eternal, especially the line about him ‘just having got’ his new face. I thought it was very touching that she cared so much about that particular aspect of the new doctor – she’d seen him so weak on Trenzalore.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:50pm

    The episode was actually pretty good. It made good use of the Clockwork Droids, and though I was sad to see the Tyrannosaurus die so early, it actually made sense. I’m really annoyed with how they justify the Tyrannosaurus being almost as tall as Big Ben, because it not only conflicts with scientific knowledge, but also with previous appearances of dinosaurs in Doctor Who. I’m liking Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor so far, he’s definitely different from Matt Smith’s Eleventh. He seems to emanate a lot of Tom Baker and Colin Baker in his performance, with a large screen presence, a good deal of arrogance, and an even more alien personality than Smith. I think he’ll do very well. I liked how Clara was used to represent a great deal of the teenage female fans of the show, and how the Paternoster Gang was used in this episode. I’m interested to see the Mistress’s connection in the season finale, why she’s revived the leader of the Clockwork Droids, and why she calls the Doctor her boyfriend. (Susan’s grandmother, perhaps?) I give the episode a 9/10.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      August 24th, 2014 - 10:52pm

      Actually, now that I think about it, I think Capaldi’s big flaw as the Doctor is that, although he was great with the darker, more serious moments, he seemed a little stiff and awkward with the eccentric moments. Also, I REALLY liked the scene where the Eleventh Doctor calls her to convince her to help his future self through his regeneration.

  • Young & Old

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:26pm

    I watched this new series with my 15 year old daughter who started with David Tennant; neither of us can understand all this sycophantic twaddle being posted on here about how good it was. The episode was poorly written, directed inconsistently and abounded with continuity errors. We reserve judgment on Capaldi as he couldn’t make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear. It seems the professional reviewers are bewitched by Steven Moffatt a la the Emperor’s New Clothes. Bring back Russell T. Davies.

    • booboo

      August 24th, 2014 - 10:30pm

      I doubt those who enjoyed can understand your sycophantic twaddle either

    • Gallifrey Will Rise Again

      August 25th, 2014 - 12:53am

      Capaldi’s debut has rightly received mostly positive reviews among fans and critics alike. Bring back RTD err…. no thanks, not that there was anything wrong with his reign but the series needs to move forward not back. You’re obviously fans of david tennant and RTD as opposed to being fans of doctor who, their time is done! deal with it.

    • dalek eternal

      August 25th, 2014 - 1:20pm

      this episode was brilliant capaldi was amazing im sick of people judging him because he’s old. Which as just as silly about the people complaing about the oxygen exchange between jenny and vastra

  • Sylvie

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:12pm

    I didn’t expect such a change in character. I didn’t mind Capaldi, but there was no humour, no finese, no signature Dr. Who moment. I’m not saying that he had to be Matt Smith. That’s what Dr. Who is about – embracing change… But I feel the writers could have given us more of what he is, instead of more than what he’s not.

  • Terry Mann

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:01pm

    Great start to the new series. Capaldi is going to be one of the great doctors that fans will be referencing in years to come,he’s got my vote. Now we’re going to see a more darker, alien side to our favourite time lord, after all the show is about constant change and evolution. Time stands still for no man or time lord. Can’t wait for ep 2. I’ve already pre-ordered the box-set.

  • The Flying Shark

    August 24th, 2014 - 7:20pm

    I loved this episode, I watched it in the cinema and it was great.

    • ice warrior

      August 24th, 2014 - 8:48pm

      I have a theory the lady at the end was the master!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • thedaleksdeath

      August 25th, 2014 - 12:46pm

      No. Just no. Plus I hardly doubt the Master would call the Doctor his “boyfriend”.

  • steve

    August 24th, 2014 - 6:14pm

    Too early to judge Peter Capaldi but surely Vastra, Strax and Jenny deserve a spin off series of their own? With a good writer it could easily be bigger than Torchwood.

    • the ergon

      August 24th, 2014 - 6:26pm

      Its the darkness I think that the younger audience aren’t liking.Perhaps a little alienating. But it needs a new direction to keep it fresh.

  • the ergon

    August 24th, 2014 - 6:13pm

    Snazzy new opening titles and theme rearrangement.Is it too early to say peter capaldi might just overshadow matt smiths excellent doctor. Have run out of superlatives. Could easily be this generations jon pertwee. Hes my hero already even if he is tonally different from tenant and smith. so anyway I sussed the robotic half man as soon as he started with the bodypart collecting. I,m sure I,m not the only one who was shouting ‘SS Madame de pompadour at the screen, even though it was its sister ship.The marie Antoinette thing must have been happening alongside the tenant story,offscreen. Needed more capaldi and less paternoster gang (just give them a spin off series. I do enjoy them,but like river song theyre starting to take over.) Knew the ‘cowardly’ doctor would come through for clara ,in all his heroic majesty, in the end,when she really needed him despite his post regeneration and capricious nature. Had a tear in the eye at the surprise inclusion of matt smith (was that a pre recorded insert though?). I,m mainly intrigued by the lady of the nethershere and her’heavenly place’. Is she collectingenemies/companions(reminiscent of the obelisk in the five doctors) throughout this series’ episodes as part of a story arc. Can,t wait to find out. Great start to the season.

  • Robert Adams

    August 24th, 2014 - 4:23pm

    Can everyone stop complaining about poor Capaldi, he’s doing very well.

  • Handbot10

    August 24th, 2014 - 4:06pm

    I like how this episode is basically sending a message to all those fans who think the new doctor is ‘Old and smelly’ or ‘not very sexy’. When Vastra is talking to Clara and stuff. They are trying to say that the doctor is old even if he doesn’t look it.

  • dunks

    August 24th, 2014 - 3:00pm

    He was the worst Dr who ever terrible was not the word I like to use if people say he was great then there easily pleased ,because this was utter crap from beginning to end the acting everything awful agree the best part was matt smith at the end I Will be surprised if he lasts more than one series god it was awful

    • The Other

      August 24th, 2014 - 7:32pm

      You sound a lot like one of those fanboys/girls who thinks Capaldi is too old, and that Matt Smith is the greatest Doctor ever

      Give Capaldi a chance

    • Dalek The Supreme

      August 24th, 2014 - 10:54pm

      Come on now, Matt Smith was my favorite Doctor, but I’m really liking Peter Capaldi so far. And I wouldn’t call myself easily impressed, considering I’m highly critical of the fan-favorite Tenth Doctor.

    • starshipalaska

      August 25th, 2014 - 6:43pm

      The acting was poor – what were you watching? Capaldi exceeded his already high expectations, but for me, Jenna Coleman absolutely stole the early scenes, she was incredible rebuking Vastra and her veil and reversing her assumptions that she only cares about pretty faces.

    • cyberman2

      August 26th, 2014 - 4:19pm

      @dunks so u are saying that peter capaldi’s and all the other actors acting was bad… *bursts out laughing* 😆

  • George Harper

    August 24th, 2014 - 2:57pm

    Very disappointed with this new series so far. A childish story-line with dinosaurs and a comedy alien. Peter Capaldi could be as great a Dr Who as any of the last three if lazy script writing and the overuse of tired adversaries and accomplices do not turn this into a boring space-filler of a show as it became once before.


    August 24th, 2014 - 2:12pm

    I loved it…………only one question. Did he really push him out?

  • ken waite

    August 24th, 2014 - 1:26pm

    As an “old fart” who watched the first Dr Who, and saw it repeated because of JFK’s assassination, I don’t expect to be listened to, but here goes.
    The casting of Peter Capaldi demanded a different script (he’s good) – why bring in Strax and the Lizard warrior in the first episode. Change the pace and challenge the minds. No problem with the new doctor and Clara – just surprise us -and Daleks next week – give me a break!

    • Dalek The Supreme

      August 24th, 2014 - 10:56pm

      I think they’re trying to make the show darker gradually. Also, if they don’t use the Daleks every year, they lose the rights to the Terry Nation Estate. From one life-long fan to another, I’d really hate to see the longest running staple enemy of the show gone forever.

    • The Moffat Paradox

      August 25th, 2014 - 11:50pm

      Doctor Who without Daleks is like Torvil without Dean,Laurel without Hardy, Abbot without Costello,Tom without Jerry,Scooby Doo without Shaggy, Morcambe without Wise.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    August 24th, 2014 - 12:52pm

    I’ve been looking forward to the new series and the new Doctor. I’ve been hooked on Peter Capaldi since they announced him and his first full episode definitely did not disappoint! I loved the Darker yet whimsical theme and I love the new titles sequence! I think that the fact that Vastra and co. were in the episode was a way of lowering us into the new Doctor’s style slowly, using familiar faces and places. Here’s to one of THE BEST Doctors EVER!!!

  • emine

    August 24th, 2014 - 12:25pm

    I have really missed Matt Smith but maybe I should just wait for get used to new doctor.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      August 24th, 2014 - 10:56pm

      My critical side says he’s great, but my emotional side misses Matt Smith.

  • Richard keen

    August 24th, 2014 - 11:40am

    Just wondering …he kept on saying he’s seen that face before and why that face ec ? …could that be ref to the Fires of Pompeii ?

    • the astronaut of death

      August 24th, 2014 - 11:43am


  • Robert Hood

    August 24th, 2014 - 11:35am

    Peter Capaldi was absolutely terrible only thing that will keep this series going is Jenna Coleman who was excellent best assistant since Rosie Tyler. What was Dr Who production team thinking should of left Peter Capaldi in Pompeii.

  • DoctorWho2014

    August 24th, 2014 - 11:19am

    This Episode was AMAZING!!! Its in my Top 5 Post-Regeneration Stories…

    1. Spearhead from Space
    2. Deep Breath!!!
    3. The Christmas Invasion
    4. The Eleventh Hour
    5. The Enemy Within (The TV Movie)

    Deep Breath was Awesome and I rate it 5/5! It had some grand, dark and funny moments and I felt like I was watching a classic episode! 😀 Bravo to Moffat for such a great start to the 12th Doctor’s Era

    • Anonymous

      August 24th, 2014 - 5:31pm

      100% agree with you DW14. I was just stunned at how good Capaldi was. Loved every minute of it (except the Matt Smith bit) after hating most of last year except Crimson and Nightmare.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      August 24th, 2014 - 10:58pm

      I think it’s in mine, too.
      1. Spearhead From Space
      2. The Eleventh Hour
      3. Deep Breath
      4. Robot
      5. Rose (It was heavily implied in one scene that Christopher Eccleston was playing a freshly regenerated Doctor)

  • Tim M

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:57am

    ‘Deep Breath’ was very good indeed. Peter Capaldi looks set to be a terrific Doctor. I’m sure many fans and viewers will have several misgivings about this Doctor, but remember,even Troughton wasn’t that well regarded at first, following on from Hartnell in 1966.
    Jenna Coleman was really great in this episode and put in a very strong performance, one of her best. Plus it’s also welcome to see the Paternoster Gang. All in all a fine opening episode for a brand new Doctor. Even the dinosaur didn’t look that bad.

    • Tim M

      August 24th, 2014 - 11:04am

      I would add, that whilst the opening titles looked very good, I felt the theme tune was too slight, and a bit washed out. To be honest I don’t feel the theme tune has been as dynamic or epic since Tennant. The theme whilst retained is seemingly getting worse.

    • Obsie

      August 24th, 2014 - 11:12am

      Agreed on the theme tune. They should look back at the test theme once considered for Pertwee’s Doctor (it’s out there somewhere). If you listen to that is simply dire. This new version is biting on that ones heels. I wish this would be taken into consideration and revert back to something with a bit more Oomph! to it.

    • The Other

      August 24th, 2014 - 11:34am

      Actually this theme improves on the last one in terms of ‘oomph’, as it brings back the original bass line, enforced by a belk toll
      Although I agree that Tennants’ last theme had more oomph to it
      But I love the new theme!

    • The Other

      August 24th, 2014 - 11:35am

      *enforced by a BELL toll*
      Not ‘belk’

  • bel

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:53am

    Loved it well done to the new Dr I Love Him Already xx

  • the astronaut of death

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:47am

    I found this had much more of a classic feel the diologs were much more longer and did anyone notice the differences in the sonic

  • thedaleksdeath

    August 24th, 2014 - 10:35am

    I found it quite amazing! Strax was funny (For once), the CGI has improved A LOT and we finally see the darker side of the Doctor never seen before on New Who. Along with the scene where Clara rejects Capaldi made my upset along with Smith phoning her. Overall I found this story brilliant and can’t wait or next week! Even if I’ve already watched most of it…

    • Handbot10

      August 24th, 2014 - 10:46am

      It was good, did you watch it in the cinema with that little catch up thing? That was hilarious!

    • thedaleksdeath

      August 24th, 2014 - 3:00pm

      I watched it at home because of the fear of people screaming their heads off.

    • Handbot10

      August 24th, 2014 - 4:03pm

      The cinema I went to was packed with people. What was nice was that people laughed when I laughed. So it was cool!

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