Doctor Who (2005– )
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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") | 1 more credit »


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 ... 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?


The BBC gave this episode a world tour in seven countries over twelve days. See more »


In the scene when Clara says she is thirsty, Strax places the bucket of water on the desk in front of Clara, it is there in the following shot, but it disappears into the next shot without Strax or Clara moving it. See more »


The Doctor: What do you all have for brains? Pudding?
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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 »


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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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User Reviews

It's just gorgeous, stunning start for Mr Capaldi.
17 September 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Doctor lands in Victorian London where a Large dinosaur is on the loose. The Doctor has regenerated into his latest incarnation and is behaving very erratically, fortunately he has friends on hand to help.

I utterly loved Peter Capaldi after this one episode, he has managed to bring a mass of energy and craziness to the role, I found it incredibly infectious. It felt like a true crossover from Classic Who. Interesting conversation with the tramp about his face, possibly a recognition from Pompeii.

I also find this the strongest performance from Jenna Coleman too, a good Clara story. The phone call she does brilliantly.

I don't mind saving I have grown to utterly love Strax, didn't get the appeal at first, now I love the Victorian trio.

I love the Doctor and Clara's scene in the restaurant, it's a really creepy realisation, when they discover the other guests aren't eating.

The opening credits took a bit of getting used to, I didn't like them initially but I grew to love them, reminded me of those used in Tom's last series.

Love Missy at first sight, wasn't that the Garden from the Girl who waited? It was obvious Missy would be something special.

The story itself is truly brilliant. I'm always up for a bit of Victorian drama, and this hits all the right notes, it's a seriously clever, beautiful looking episode. It's also very dark and engaging, such a great opener. 9/10

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23 August 2014 (USA) See more »


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