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Deep Breath 

When the newly-regenerated doctor arrives in Victorian London, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions.


Ben Wheatley


Steven Moffat, Robert Holmes (characters: "Sontarans") | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Neve McIntosh ... Madame Vastra
Dan Starkey ... Strax
Catrin Stewart ... Jenny
Peter Ferdinando ... Half-Face Man
Paul Hickey ... Inspector Gregson
Tony Way ... Alf
Maggie Service Maggie Service ... Elsie
Mark Kempner Mark Kempner ... Cabbie
Brian Miller Brian Miller ... Barney
Graham Duff Graham Duff ... Waiter
Ellis George Ellis George ... Courtney
Peter Hannah ... Policeman
Paul Kasey ... Footman


The Doctor and Clara find themselves in London with Madam Vastra and the gang. There are clockwork men and the Doctor is still scrambling to find himself. Clara doesn't understand the regeneration process for the Doctor. Written by JD

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Did You Know?


This is the first episode in season eight and the first season premiere in August since Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive: Part One (1980) See more »


The mask which the 12th Doctor rips off his face is actually a mold of Matt Smiths, the 11th Doctor, face. See more »


The Doctor: This is your power source and feeble though it is, I can use it to blow this whole room if I see one thing that I don't like. And that includes karaoke and mime, so take no chances.
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Alternate Versions

While filmed and broadcast on TV in 1,78:1 aspect ratio, the episode was screened in theaters in 2,35:1 aspect ratio. See more »


Featured in Doctor Who Extra: Deep Breath (2014) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Great Fun
23 August 2014 | by pj-busSee all my reviews

Well that was an excellent and fun episode of Doctor Who. I tend to like the ones that are set in historic English settings and I find that trio of characters in London, the reptilian woman, the human woman and the potato like fellow, to be very entertaining.

I've been doing a bit of browsing the web for other perspectives on this Doctor Who and I see that some people like to criticise the script writing of Stephen Moffat. I have not seen every Doctor Who episode by a long way, however I have seen others written by Stephen Moffat and his script writing is excellent as it was in this Deep Breath episode. Stephen Moffat seems to be particularly good at story design. He also sets up rather fine situations. I don't wish to be specific because I prefer not to include any spoilers, however the conclusion to the main drama in this episode really was beautifully done, leaving a great ambiguity about the new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi.

Peter Capaldi looked to me like a first class Doctor Who. I did like Matt Smith and Tenant but to me Peter Capaldi is the real deal. The first Doctor Who I remember is Pertwee and as a child I loved Tom Baker. However I lost interest in the series after Tom Baker left as I became an older teenager. It was a joy to watch Peter Capaldi in his new role. He is a bit mysterious and dark which I really like. He is so capable, he is able to do the comedy but maintain this slight darkness.

There was one thing which I didn't like about the episode which was the mechanism used to reconcile Clara with the new Doctor near the end. I haven't described it because I don't want to include spoilers. I think Clara should have decided to go with this new strange Doctor all on her own, I think there should have been a scene where she weighed it up, and on balance decided she would join him in his journeying through space and time.

All in all a great episode. Moffat is a great writer and Capaldi is looking like he will be a great Doctor.

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23 August 2014 (USA) See more »


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