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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.

Director:

Ben Wheatley

Writers:

Steven Moffat, Robert Holmes (characters: "Sontarans") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Peter Hannah ... Policeman
Paul Kasey ... Footman
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the Tardis lands on the bank of the River Thames, there is a metal frame that looks like the internal structure of the upper part of a Dalek's body, where the gun and plunger are mounted. See more »

Goofs

In this episode Clara doesn't appear to know who the regenerated Doctor is, and thinks he is somebody else entirely. However in Day of The Doctor she met two previous incarnations of the Doctor and seemed to accept the fact that they were all the same person. See more »

Quotes

Madame Vastra: I wear a veil to keep from view what many are pleased to call my disfigurement. I do not wear it as a courtesy to such people, but as a judgment on the quality of their hearts.
Clara: Are you judging me?
Madame Vastra: The Doctor regenerated in your presence. The young man disappeared, the veil lifted. He trusted you. Are you judging him?
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Doctor Who Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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You can't teach a new Doctor old tricks
27 August 2014 | by shumwayjacobSee all my reviews

I like Peter Capaldi; he's a terrific actor and he manages to shine even in this lackluster script from Mr. Moffat. Clara turns in one of her best performances yet. The visual effects are better than ever.

Yet somehow throughout this whole episode I couldn't shake a terrible case of deja vu. It's not that I don't like Moffat's scripts; some of his episodes are really amazing. I just would be very hard pressed to point to any aspect of this episode and say, "that's new," or "that's thought provoking." Still, if this purpose of the episode was to introduce Twelve, then I guess it was decent enough.

I just hope that Moffat and Co. can get their act together to put together some of the best Who ever while they've got the chance with Mr. Capaldi. This kind of run-of-the-mill, rehash writing just won't cut it.


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