Doctor Who Cuttings Archive

Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series

From The Doctor Who Cuttings Archive
Jump to navigationJump to search

2015-03 Video Librarian.jpg

[edit]

Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series ★★★1/2

BBC, 586 min., not rated, DVD: 5 discs, $79.98; Blu-ray: 4 discs, $89.98

Peter Capaldi takes over the role of The Doctor in the eighth season opener "Deep Breath," in which the transition from the title character's boyish incarnation (Matt Smith) to the new significantly-aged version is rough on both the Doctor and his companion, Clara (Jenna Coleman). This extended segment drops viewers into Victorian London, where the pair face a dinosaur and a rash of spontaneous combustions, and they meet old allies: high-society lizard-woman agent Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), and her loyal soldier, Strax (Dan Starkey). The rest of the set charts the evolution of the new dynamic as the Doctor and Clara come to terms with their sudden age discrepancy, meet Robin Hood, shrink down to deal with a supposedly "good" Dalek (Nicholas Pegg), take on a mummy, and cope with Clara getting a boyfriend (Samuel Anderson), whose fate takes Clara and the Doctor on a unique journey. Series showrunner Steven Moffat tosses in assorted end-of-the-universe situations, while also introducing a newcomer to the Whoniverse: Missy (Michelle Gomez), whose obsessive interest in the Doctor is made clear in the season finale. Once a cult show, Doctor Who has in recent years found a much wider audience, thanks to witty scripts, colorful adventures, and character chemistry. Compiling all 12 episodes from the 2014 eighth season, extras include audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews, a post-premiere-episode audience Q&A, and a music video. Highly recommended. (S. Axmaker)

Disclaimer: These citations are created on-the-fly using primitive parsing techniques. You should double-check all citations. Send feedback to whovian@cuttingsarchive.org

  • APA 6th ed.: Axmaker, Sean (March 2015). Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series. The Video Librarian p. 48.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Axmaker, Sean. "Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series." The Video Librarian [add city] March 2015, 48. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Axmaker, Sean. "Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series." The Video Librarian, edition, sec., March 2015
  • Turabian: Axmaker, Sean. "Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series." The Video Librarian, March 2015, section, 48 edition.
  • Wikipedia (this article): <ref>{{cite news| title=Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series | url=http://cuttingsarchive.org/index.php/Doctor_Who:_The_Complete_Eighth_Series | work=The Video Librarian | pages=48 | date=March 2015 | via=Doctor Who Cuttings Archive | accessdate=17 June 2024 }}</ref>
  • Wikipedia (this page): <ref>{{cite web | title=Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series | url=http://cuttingsarchive.org/index.php/Doctor_Who:_The_Complete_Eighth_Series | work=Doctor Who Cuttings Archive | accessdate=17 June 2024}}</ref>