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DOCTOR WHO series 8 - Everything we know so far - UPDATE Synopsis for all episodes

It's our continuously updating round-up of all the information we have so far about Doctor Who series 8 - Peter Capaldi's debut season playing everyone's favourite Time Lord.

"Hey Macarena..."

Everything we know as fact will be presented in regular type, anything that's rumoured but looking likely will be written in italics. You'll find links throughout to all the original news stories and articles containing further information.

You may want to bookmark this page and check back often as we'll keep updating it with all new Doctor Who series 8 news as and when we get it, right up to when the first episode debuts.

Be warned that there are potential SPOILERS throughout! 
(Plus Peter Capaldi performing classic party pop hits.)

So without further ado, let's get on with it.

"Young man, there's no need to be down..."

Doctor Who Series 8
Starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.
Jenna Colman as Clara Oswald
Samual Anderson as the recurring character Danny Pink. It's believed he will be a part-time companion similar to Mickey Smith, and a possible love interest for Clara.
Ellis George as Courtney Pink, Danny's younger sister. Another recurring character.

Series 8 will consist of 12 episodes plus the Christmas special. A brief teaser trailer revealed that the series is set to air from August.  

On June 27th the BBC released a second trailer (below) and confirmed the broadcast date of August 23rd...

"Go grease lightning you're coasting through the heat lap trials..."

Episode 1
Title - Deep Breath

Written by Steven Moffat.
Directed by Ben Wheatley. (Block 1)
Guest Starring - Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Dan Starkey (Strax), Paul Hickey (Inspector Gregson), Nigel Betts, Tony Way, Maggie Service, Sean Ashbun and Matt Smith.
Official Synopsis:
When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions.
Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him.
Episode 1 will be a feature-length episode, with a running time of approximately 76 minutes.
Broadcast details:
UK – Saturday 23rd August at 7.50pm on BBC ONE
USA – Saturday 23rd August at 8.15pm on BBC America
The Clockwork Droids also feature.

On August 11th the BBC released an official trailer for Deep Breath...

On August 19th the BBC released a collection of new images from Deep Breath, you can view them all here.

"Let's do the Time Warp again..."

Episode 2
Title - Into the Dalek
Written by Phil Ford.
Directed by Ben Wheatley. (Block 1)
Guest starring: Michael Smiley (Colonel Blue), Ben Compton (Ross)
Official Synopsis:
A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… with the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side.
Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, am I a good man?
A Dalek story that goes into the last place in the universe the Doctor should be. Phil Ford revealed the story would be "behind enemy lines" and also  gave a one word clue of "Lasagne".

A third teaser trailer was released on July 4th which relates to this episode and features a very familiar sounding voice...

Episode 3
Title - Robot Of Sherwood
Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Paul Murphy. (Block 3)

Guest starring Ben Miller as the Sheriff Of Nottingham, Tom Riley as Robin Hood, Trevor Cooper, Ian Hallard, David Benson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths and Sabrina Barlett.

The Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars in Sherwood Forest. Who is real and who isn’t?

The Doctor travels back in time and meets Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

Episode 4
Title - Listen
Written by Steven Moffat.
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. (Block 2)
Guest starring: Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Robert Goodman as Reg. Remi Gooding as Rupert Pink.

Episode 4 features Samuel Anderson as recurring character Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, who Clara goes on a date with.
Steven Moffat revealed that this episode is “the story of a date and the Doctor having what appears to be a mild nervous breakdown.”

What scares the Doctor? Ghosts of the past and future crowd into the lives of the Doctor and Clara; a terrified caretaker in a children’s home, the last man standing in the universe, and a little boy who doesn’t want to join the army… “What’s that in the mirror, and the corner of your eye? What’s the footstep following, but never passing by?”

On July 26th the BBC released another teaser trailer, mentioning this episode title, and possibly that nervous breakdown...

Episode 5
Title - Time Heist
Written by Steve Thompson.
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. (Block 2)
Guest starring: Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Keeley Hawes (Ms Delphox), Jonathan Bailey, Pippa Bennett-Warner.

Keely Hawes will play Ms Delphox, a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret. Travelling across space and time the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), will come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet. Features a minotaur/Nimon style monster.

The Doctor is tasked with breaking into the Bank of Karabraxos, the deadliest in the cosmos. He is helped by a beautiful shape-shifter and cyber-augmented gamer. But nothing can prepare them for the Teller: a creature that can detect guilt.

Episode 6
Title - The Caretaker
Written by Gareth Roberts.
Directed by Paul Murphy. (Block 3)
Guest starring: Nigel Betts,  Edward Harrison, Andy Gillies, Ellis George and Jimmy Vee.

Clara has it all under control, so long as everybody in her life never actually meets, but then Coal Hill welcomes a new relief caretaker with a Scottish accent, while the Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy humanity.

In 2014, the Doctor goes undercover as the caretaker of Coal Hill School to track down a new robot/monster.  Explores the effect on a companion's life when traveling with the Doctor.

Episode 7
Title - Kill The Moon
Written by - Peter Harness
Directed by - Paul Wilmshurst. (Block 4)
Guest starring Hermione Norris, Ellis George, Tony Osoba and Phil Nice.

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara arrive on a decrepit shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon. Crashing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of eviscerated corpses, spider-like creatures scuttling about in the dark, and a terrible dilemma.

Filmed on Location in Lanzarote. The Doctor is returning to the scene of an old adventure - but there have been sinister changes since his last visit.

Episode 8
Title - Mummy On The Orient Express
Written by - Jaimie Mathieson.
Directed by - Paul Wilmshurst. (Block 4)
Guest starring Frank Skinner, British singer-songwriter Foxes, Janet Henfrey (who appeared as Mrs Hardaker in the seventh Doctor adventure The Curse of Fenric in 1989), Christopher Villiers (previously in the fifth Doctor 1983 story The King's Demons), David Bamber and Daisy Beaumon.

Steven Moffat revealed that in this episode "The Doctor is finally catching up on his phone calls."

The Mummy is stalking the passengers and if it sees you you have 66 seconds to live. Clara sees the Doctor at his most deadliest and most ruthless and realises it’s time to say goodbye.

Episode 9
Title - Flatline
Written by - Jamie Mathieson.
Directed by - Douglas MacKinnon. (Block 5)
Guest starring Christopher Fairbank, Joivan Wade, Matt Bardock, James Quinn, John Cummins, Raj Bajaj, Jessica Hayes

Episode 9 is the only episode filmed in a block by itself. Described as a true horror story. People go missing, strange graffiti appears and  the Doctor discovers the TARDIS is shrinking.

Clara is now separated from the Doctor and discovers a threat from another dimension. But how do you hide when even the walls are no protection? With no Doctor around, Clara goes against a foe that exists beyond normal perception.

Episode 10
Title - In The Forest Of The Night

Written by - Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Directed by - Sheree Folkson. (Block 7)
Guest starring: Samuel Anderson, Harley Bird, Abigail Eames, Ashley Foster and Jaydon Harris-Wallace.

Steven Moffat teased that this episode is "boldly beautiful, lyrical and poetic. A fairytale, but not Moffat fairytale. Quite different with a clever main visual idea."

The human race wakes up to the most surprising invasion yet: the trees have moved back in. Everywhere a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth.

Episode 11 & 12
Title - 11. Dark Water 12. Death In Heaven
Written by - Steven Moffat.
Directed by - Rachel Talalay. (Block 6)
Guest starring Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez as the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere, Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Chris Addison

Featuring the return of UNIT and the Cybermen.

Two-part story rumoured to see the return of the Master.

In the mysterious world of the Nethersphere, plans have been drawn. Old friends and old enemies manoeuvre around the Doctor, and an impossible choice is looming over him. Death is not an end, promises the organisation known as 3W.
“You betrayed me. You betrayed my trust, our friendship, and everything I’ve ever stood for. You let me down.”

Christmas Special
Title - Unknown.
Written by Steven Moffat.
Directed by - Unknown.

Mark Gatiss is confirmed as writing two episodes for Peter Capaldi, as only episode 3 of this series is penned by him presumably the other episode is for series 9.

Remember, we will keep updating this with all new Doctor Who series 8 news as and when we get it, so check back often.

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