“Doctor Who” fans are getting a few more clues about Season 8. The BBC released the titles, writers and directors of all the Season 8 episodes. (Sadly, Peter Jackson still isn’t on the list.) Find out what the titles reveal and more.
Episode 1 is titled “Deep Breath.” The episode was written by showrunner Steven Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley. The episode will be an hour and 45 minutes when it airs on BBC America and will take audiences to Victorian London. Clara will be adjusting to the new doctor as they figure out why dinosaurs are in the Victorian era.
Episode 2 is titled “Into The Dalek,” which means the return of a fan-favorite villain. Clara was introduced in a Dalek episode, so it’s fitting that they are the first major villains she’ll face with Capaldi’s doctor in what could be her last season. The Daleks create a major struggle for the new Doctor because he’ll have to find his feet very quickly and learn to trust Clara if he wants to defeat them again. The episode was written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat and directed by Ben Wheatley. It will also introduce Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink, a teacher who works with Clara.
Episode 3 is called “Robot Of Sherwood,” and it is rumored to be a Robin Hood episode since there used to be a Robin Hood television show called “Robin of Sherwood.” The episode was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Paul Murphy. Tom Riley will guest star (and is the most likely a candidate for Robin Hood).
Episode 4 is called “Listen.” It was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.
Episode 5 is titled “Time Heist.” It was written by both Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.
Episode 6 is called “The Caretaker.” Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat wrote the episode, Paul Murphy directed.
Episode 7 is titled “Kill The Moon.” The episode was written by Peter Harness and directed by Paul Wilmshurst.
Episode 8 is called “Mummy On The Orient Express.” The title plays on the Agatha Christie book title “Murder On The Orient Express.” Fans know that the series has a history of referencing Agatha Christie and even wrote her into a Season 4 episode. Episode 8 was written by Jamie Mathieson and directed by Paul Wilmshurst.
Episode 9 is titled “Flatline.” Jamie Mathieson wrote the episode, and Douglas Mackinnon directed.
Episode 10 is titled “In The Forest Of The Night.” It was written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Sheree Folkson.
Episodes 11 and 12 seem to be the only two-part episode for Season 8. Episode 11 is titled “Dark Water” while Episode 12 is called “Death In Heaven.” Rachel Talalay will direct both episodes. Steven Moffat wrote the two episodes, which will serve as the Season 8 finale.
"Doctor Who" Season 8 will premiere on BBC America on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. EDT. How do you feel about showrunner Steven Moffat writing more than half of the episodes for Season 8? Sound off in the comments!