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As the ninth series of the revived Doctor Who dawns executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat has unveiled the titles and teasing snippets of information about each of the 12 episodes.

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The Magician’s Apprentice

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Hettie MacDonald

What’s a confession dial?”

In your terms, a will. This is the last will and testament of the Time Lord known as the Doctor.

A final message from a dying scientist. A plea from the deadliest corner of time and space. Only one man can answer, but he has gone missing from all of time and space. Where is the Doctor? As the skies of planet Earth stand frozen, Clara Oswald enters into a dangerous alliance.

The Doctor is gone from the universe – friends and enemies alike can find him nowhere. When even the Daleks can’t track down their ancient foe, and the Doctor’s old friend and nemesis, Missy, is forced to ask for help, does it mean that the mad man in the box has truly disappeared? What fear, or what terrible shame, could possibly drive the Doctor into the shadows? The answers are more dreadful than Clara’s worst imaginings, and she finds herself embarking on a journey into the Doctor’s worst nightmare …

The Witch’s Familiar

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Hettie MacDonald

The Doctor is trapped. He’s a prisoner of the creatures who hate him most in the universe. Between us and him is everything the greatest warrior race in history can throw at us. We, on the other hand, have a pointy stick.”

There are places the Doctor should never go. Planets where his life would not be worth an hour’s purchase. When he finds himself in the very worst of these, without his Tardis, or his sonic, and with his best friends murdered in front of his eyes, he has only his wits to keep him alive. And perhaps something else. What is the Doctor’s confession? Why did he really leave Gallifrey all those centuries ago? And is it a secret he is willing to give up?

Under the Lake

Written by Toby Whithouse. Directed by Daniel O’Hara

It’s impossible! It’s evil! I hate it! It’s astonishing! I want to KISS IT TO DEATH.

Under a lake, in the dripping gloom of an underwater base, stands a gleaming black space ship, recovered from the lake bed. Nothing is inside – but when the base crew start dying, they make a terrible discovery: ghosts are real! And their friends are refusing to stay dead! The Doctor and Clara arrive to find a base under siege from beyond the grave. But how can the dead be walking? What has brought them back? When the Doctor discovers the truth, it is more terrifying than any simple ghost story.

Before The Flood

Written by Toby Whithouse. Directed by Daniel O’Hara

Doctor. Hello. Can I just say: huge fan.”

In the eerie remains of a town that never was, something is stalking the Doctor and his friends. A desperate battle for survival is underway, but this time our heroes already know which of them is going to lose. With the past and the future hanging in the balance, the Doctor is breaking the rules to win the day. Can anything stop the Fisher King? And more importantly, who composed Beethoven’s 5th?

The Girl Who Died

Written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat. Directed by Ed Bazalgette

There’s going to be a war tomorrow. And here’s some news, this just in – we are going to win the hell out it!”

In a backwater of history, in a little Viking village where all the warriors have just been slaughtered, a young girl called Ashildr is about to make a desperate mistake. The Mire are the deadliest mercenaries in the galaxy, famed for being unstoppable and without mercy – and Ashildr has just declared war on them. The Doctor and Clara have twelve hours, to turn a handful of farmers and blacksmiths into a fighting force ready to face down Odin himself. And there’s more – because this is the day when the Doctor remembers where he’s seen his own face before.

The Woman Who Lived

Written by Catherine Tregenna. Directed by Ed Bazalgette

Ninja, nun, surgeon, scientist, composer, inventor… it’s a fantastic CV.”

England, 1651. The highwayman known as The Nightmare is plaguing the land. But the Nightmare is not all he seems, and his fire-breathing accomplice who lurks in the shadows is clearly more than human… The Doctor, on the trail of an alien artefact, is brought face to the face with the consequences of his own actions. For once he encounters someone who won’t let him turn his back on the things he has done. But will the Nightmare be his friend or foe? It may well take till the end of the universe to be sure…

The Zygon Invasion

Written by Peter Harness. Directed by Daniel Nettheim

Operation Double is a covert operation, outside of normal UNIT strictures, to resettle and rehouse an alien race, in secrecy, on planet Earth.

A long time ago, the Doctor made a deal in the Tower Of London. 20 million Zygons walk among us, in human form, living undetected in peace and harmony. But cracks are showing in this delicate peace. Humans and Zygons are disappearing. In city apartment blocks, lifts are going missing, and far below the streets of Britain, alien pods are growing in secret caverns. Unit’s scientific advisor, Osgood, sends a desperate message to the Doctor – but since Osgood is long dead, how is that even possible?

The Zygon Inversion

Written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat. Directed by Daniel Nettheim

Humans cannot accept us the way we really are. If we cannot hide, we must fight. You’re going to be the first. You’re going to be the first to make the humans see.

The future of planet Earth is sealed in a box in Unit’s back archive, and only the Doctor knows what’s inside. With Unit under Zygon control, and Clara lost, the Doctor and Osgood find themselves fugitives in a London where no one can be trusted – but the wily old Time Lord knows there is one last hope for peace. Because that box in the black archive isn’t any old box. It’s an Osgood Box!

Sleep No More

Written By Mark Gatiss. Directed by Justin Molotnikov

This is footage collected from a space rescue mission. If you value your life, your sanity, and the future of your species, DO NOT WATCH IT.

Face The Raven

Written by Sarah Dollard. Directed by Justin Molotnikov

There have always been rumours. Stories passed from traveller to traveller, mutterings about hidden streets, secret pockets of alien life right here on Earth.”

Have you ever found yourself in a street you’ve never seen before? The next day, could you not find that street again? You weren’t dreaming. Your memory isn’t playing tricks. Like many lost souls throughout the ages, you have stumbled on an extraordinary secret – be grateful you survived it. The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a secret alien world, folded away among the streets of London. Not all of them will get out alive. One of the three intruders must face the raven…

Heaven Sent

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay

When, at last, you rise to go, there will be another shadow next to yours. And your life will then be over.”

In a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. And he must face it alone.

Hell Bent

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay

Is it a sad song?”

“Nothing’s sad till it’s over. Then everything is.”

“What’s it called?”

“I think it’s called Clara.”

“Tell me about her.”

If you took everything from him, and betrayed him, and trapped him, and broke both his hearts… how far might the Doctor go? It is time, at last, for the Doctor’s confession.

Death in Heaven falls upon the Earth as the dead rise from their graves and the Doctor battles to save humanity from the machinations of his oldest enemy.

Oh, don’t be so slow, it’s embarrassing. Who could fool you, like this? Who could hide right under your nose? Who could change their face any time they want? Hmm. You see, I’m not Clara Oswald. Clara Oswald has never existed.

By the conclusion of Death in Heaven two things are abundantly clear. Firstly, Peter Capaldi’s a magnificent Doctor, quite possibly the best NuWho incarnation. Secondly, it’s way past time for Steven Moffat to relinquish his stewardship of the series. Series 8’s finale is one of the most nonsensically disjointed stories ever delivered under the banner of Doctor Who. It’s stuffed fuller than a Christmas turkey with Moffat’s increasing desire to produce illogical shock revelations. The writer’s fallen in love with his own supposed cleverness and sacrificed all attempts to produce a coherent narrative flow.

Doctor Who - S8 E12 Death in Heaven

Clara’s claim to be the Doctor (accompanied by Jenna Coleman’s name coming first in the opening credits and her eyes appearing in place of Peter Capaldi’s) is Moffat’s most ludicrous, idiotic and plain stupid supposed shock revelation to date. Emerging from nowhere with zero buildup it’s sole intention seems aimed at getting fans trending Doctor Who on social media as their fervour ignites. Everything’s then shot down as logic kicks in. Come on, all the bloody Cybermen had to do was scan Clara to realise that she’s not a Time Lord. She may have been a pseudo-Doctor in Flatline but it’s patently obvious that she’s not a future or alternate version of the genuine article. (more…)

The nature of death itself provides the backdrop for the return of two old adversaries as Steven Moffat’s Dark Water plunges Doctor Who into contentious territory with its risqué adult-orientated themes.

Danny, I’ll never say those words again. Not to anybody else, ever. Those words, from me, are yours now.

It’s nigh on impossible to comprehend that Dark Water stems from the same creative mind as the writer who kicked off Peter Capaldi’s time as the Twelfth Doctor with the atmospheric brilliance of Deep Breath. After being excised for the first 10 episodes of Series 8, all that’s been bad about Steven Moffat’s oversight of Doctor Who makes an unwelcome comeback. As was the case with The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor, stupidity is rife. Ludicrous character development, inappropriate sexual innuendo, supposed jaw dropping shock revelations that fail to stand up to sober followup consideration.

Doctor Who - S8 E11 Dark Water

If Amy (Karen Gillan) had threatened to destroy all the TARDIS keys in order to blackmail the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) into bringing Rory (Arthur Darvill) back from the dead, the shock to the audience would have been profound. Not so much the shock of Rory being dead (that tended to happen a lot) but more that Amy was prepared to betray her beloved Raggedy Man. Gillan and Darvill had fantastic characters and genuine chemistry in that respect, even when the writing got ropier towards the end of their tenure.

Clara (Jenna Coleman) throwing away everything she’s built with the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors for the sake of the sopping wet blanket that’s Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson) is patently ridiculous. Since his introduction in Into the Dalek this ex-soldier turned maths teacher has remained utterly devoid of an interesting personality, despite emotional chains wrapped tight around him. The intimation that Danny killed a child during his military service in Afghanistan receives confirmation in Dark Water. And it leaves an unsavoury aftertaste as Doctor Who is dragged into the real world in an unpleasant fashion. Granted the bullet-ridden corpse of the Afghan child Danny shoots in the fog of war isn’t shown but the implication is there and the results too easily imagined. The realistic representation of warfare isn’t appropriate for Doctor Who. Imagine a Patrick Troughton story featuring a massacre during the Vietnam war or a Tom Baker story revolving around the Troubles in Northern Ireland. (more…)

The Doctor is powerless as the Tree Age comes to Earth. The planet is on the brink of destruction. And not even the sonic screwdriver can help him this time!

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

For generations to come the children of Earth will be taught how trees sprouted planet wide overnight in order to protect their world from the onslaught of an apocalyptic solar flare. Eventually fact will become fairytale and legend as all good truths do. No need to mention the presence in London at the time of the mysterious Time Lord known as the Doctor in London – he’s completely superfluous to what unfolded.

Doctor Who - S8 E10 In the Forest of the Night

You people, you never learn. If a child is speaking, listen to it!

That’s right the Doctor is completely unnecessary to the plot of In the Forest of the Night. Nothing he does in this episode affects the outcome. The Doctor spends his time blundering around the newly manifested forests trying his best not to get himself, or the children on an overnight outing from Coal Hill School, eaten by an escaped tiger. (more…)

Flatline is a classic NuWho adventure. It’s a glowing advert for the potentiality of a female Doctor, an ingenious twist on the “Doctor-lite” format and a slice of old school horrific Doctor Who.

Could you not just let me enjoy this moment of not knowing something? I mean. it happens so rarely.

All too frequently in NuWho the Doctor’s armed with almost omniscient foreknowledge of his foe of the week. Here in Flatline he’s completely in the dark about the two-dimensional beings he comes to label as “The Boneless”. For once the Doctor’s immense deductive skills and scientific knowledge are showcased rather than simply witnessing him reciting from his prodigious memory. It’s a fantastic journey for the audience as the Doctor frantically pick over clues, develops and rejects theories, and strives to protect his home and the Earth from destruction. It’s a reminder of a time when he’d open the doors of the TARDIS without any clue of where, what or who laid beyond the sanctuary of his timeship.

Doctor Who - S8 E9 Flatline

Despite being confined to the TARDIS console room for the majority of the episode (a return of the “Doctor-lite” stories that featured in the David Tennant years) Peter Capaldi is once again mesmerising as the Twelfth Doctor. Nine episodes in and he’s well on the way to being one of the greatest Doctors of all time. The fine balancing act between the Twelfth Doctor’s scariness and benevolence is becoming more apparent as his first series heads towards its conclusion. Yes he’s often a frightening presence for the unwary but he remains the universe’s greatest champion against evil. And in Flatline Clara gets a rare insight into his nature as she’s to forced to assume his mantle… (more…)

The Doctor and Clara reunite for a final outing together aboard the Orient Express. In space. Just one small problem. There’s a killer mummy on the loose. And once someone has seen it they’ve only 66 seconds left to live…

There’s a body AND there’s a mummy. I mean, can you not just get on a train? Did a wizard put a curse on you about mini-breaks?

Taking its lead from Agatha Christie’s most famous whodunnit, Murder on the Orient Express, Jamie Mathieson’s impressive debut script for Doctor Who, is one of the most rounded and enjoyable adventures for the Time Lord in quite a while. “The Queen of Crime” meets Universal Horror’s 1932 The Mummy and Hammer Horror’s 1959 The Mummy.

A gloriously lavish, scary, entertaining base-under-siege romp, Mummy on the Orient Express also contains strong echoes of Horror Express, the criminally underrated 1972 Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee starring horror yarn set aboard the Trans-Siberian Express in 1906. This is a film worth hunting down simply for Cushing’s classic line of “Monster? We’re British, you know” in retort to the suggestion that he or Lee may have been infected by the mind transferring monster.

Doctor Who - S8 E8 Mummy on the Orient Express

Peter Capaldi’s lugubrious Twelfth Doctor and the fastidious little Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who investigated the original Murder on the Orient Express, are polar opposites in terms of character and appearance. Looking reminiscent of a Victorian undertaker, the Doctor spends much of Mummy on the Orient Express predicting doom, death and destruction. Capaldi’s Doctor owes much to the obsessive anti-heroes that Cushing and Lee played during their years at Hammer Horror, Amicus Productions, and other cinematic horror outings. Ultimately on the side of the angels but unafraid to use dark methods to achieve their victories. (more…)

As terror stalks the Moon and the Earth’s constant companion faces destruction, the Doctor’s alien nature finally becomes too much for Clara to cope with.

We have a terrible decision to make. It’s an uncertain decision, and we don’t have a lot of time. The man who normally helps – he’s gone. Maybe he’s not coming back. In fact, I really don’t think he is. We’re on our own…

If this series of NuWho had been split in two, as happened with Series 6 and 7, then Kill the Moon would have been the obvious point of separation. Although it’s nice to have a straight run of episodes once more (for the first time since 2010) this would’ve been a hell of a cliffhanger to leave viewers on at the end of Series 8, Part 1. Imagine the echoes of Clara’s storming out of the TARDIS in the wake of the Doctor’s actions on the Moon remaining unresolved for seven months instead of seven days.

Doctor Who - S8 E7 Kill the Moon

Peter Harness’ first script for Doctor Who was a curate’s egg of delights, horror and atrocious humour. Told to “Hinchcliffe the shit out of it” for the first part of Kill the Moon, i.e. deliver the kind of spine-chilling horror that infused Doctor Who when the legendary Philip Hinchcliffe was the producer. With cobwebbed-festooned corpses, goosebump-raising scuttlings and giant spider-like killer bacteria, this horror-tinged quota was fulfilled and exceeded. (more…)

It’s a comedy of errors and confusion as a mysterious Doctor with a Scottish accent once again tries to save Coal Hill School from an alien incursion.

So, if anybody needs me just, you know, give me a shout. I’ll be in the storeroom just getting the lie of the land. Yes, nobody’s taking any notice at all. Absolutely good news because it means I must be coming across just as an absolutely boring human being like you. Deep cover, deep cover.

The Caretaker is a science fiction romantic comedy. At its heart lies a bizarre love triangle between Clara (Jenna Coleman), Danny (Samuel Anderson) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi). Clara loves Danny romantically and the Doctor platonically; Danny loves Clara romantically and dislikes the Doctor for his superior attitude; the Doctor needs Clara to reign in his recklessness and can’t understand why she’s chosen Danny over Eleventh Doctor lookalike Adrian (Edward Harrison).

Doctor Who - S8 E6 The Caretaker

Clara’s efforts to balance her dual identities of plain old English teacher and voyager through space and time have an air of almost Shakespearean farce and superhero concealment to them. Her desperate attempt to forge a loving relationship to balance out the madness experienced with a wandering mad man in a box. The Caretaker is where the wheels come off as Danny and the Doctor meet. And immediately hate each other…

A Skovox Blitzer. One of the deadliest killing machines ever created. Probably homed in here because of Artron emissions. You’ve had enough of them in this area over the years. There’s enough explosive in its armoury to take out the whole planet.

Since 1963 Shoreditch’s Coal Hill School has experienced its fair share of surreptitious alien visitations. An Unearthly Child revealed the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford) studying at the school. Then, mere days after Susan’s sudden departure (along with two teachers), the school was evacuated in Remembrance of the Daleks as it became a battleground for a conflict between Imperial Daleks, Renegade Daleks and the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy). Now there’s an extraterrestrial war machine called the Skovox Blitzer roaming around – attracted to the school due to all the artron energy gathered there from time traveller visitations… (more…)

Five episodes in and here’s the first truly naff adventure for Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor as Ocean’s Eleven meets Doctor Who with a generous dollop of timey-timey garnishing a turkey of a tale.

What, do you have to reach a high shelf?

Time’s a curse for the Doctor. Not so much travelling back and forth through the time vortex (though of course that always contains inherent dangers for the Time Lord) but rather the placement of “time” within a story title. Such an act generally results in unmemorable Doctor Who outings. Now that dubious tradition continues with Time Heist.

Following this “musing” on Time Heist there’s a list of the fourteen Doctor Who television stories to date containing “time” in the title. Of those only four can claim any kudos beyond being a woeful combination of poor scripting, poor acting, poor production. Those four being The Time Meddler, Time Crash, The End of Time and The Time of Angels. The other ten just don’t make the grade. Even the presence of Sontarans, the Master and Colin Baker’s “robust” acting can’t save them from ignominy.

Doctor Who - S8 E5 Time Heist

Ok, there’s fifteen if Dimensions in Time, the excrement that’s 1993’s Children in Need special is counted. But no true Doctor Who even acknowledges the existence of those 13 minutes of direness Ever. To think that this rubbish exists in the archives whilst episode three of The Web of Fear remains lost…

The genesis of Time Heist clearly lies with the Ocean’s Trilogy of heist films. A group of brilliantly cool characters undertaking complicated heists to gain access to seemingly impregnable facilities with non-linear storytelling thrown into the mix. With this Doctor’s Four the silver-haired fox leading proceedings is Peter Capaldi as opposed to George Clooney. (more…)

Steven Moffat’s attempt to return to the creepy atmosphere of his earliest work on Doctor Who fails to live up to expectations as he undermines proceedings with an unnecessary glimpse into the Doctor’s childhood.

Do you have your own mood lighting now, because frankly, the accent is enough.

Listen was founded upon an intriguing premise. A hidden species coexisting alongside all others from time’s very beginning to its very end. So perfectly hidden in plain sight it can only be glimpsed in dreams and nightmares when the conscious mind is inactive. An unseen presence in the ilk of a His Dark Materials daemon – a constant and necessary companion on life’s journey. The potential existed for the introduction of a monster as memorable as the Weeping Angels. A modern day A Ghost Story for Christmas complete with creaks, shadows and chills.

Doctor Who - S8 E4 Listen

Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor is the perfect incarnation to head up a tale of something wicked this way comes. His Scottish accent could easily render the recitation of a telephone book scary. His angular frown-lined face is perfect for throwing in moody relief. An ideal fellow to lead a ghost tour of the Edinburgh Vaults in fact. Yet, despite his unsettling persona, he’s as much a champion against the darkness as any of the other more “user-friendly” Doctors. He’s also overwhelmed with the kind of insatiable curiosity that ultimately doomed the Fifth Doctor in The Caves of Androzani. The Doctor must know the answer to any mystery – no matter what the cost to himself. (more…)