The eighth series of Doctor Who, otherwise known as Series 8 or Season 34 to avoid confusion with Season 8, is the eighth series of the revived Doctor Who, which began airing in 2005. Steven Moffat continued as head writer, although the series introduced the Twelfth Doctor and ushered in a new era, introducing Tom Harper as the Twelfth Doctor.
The success of this series prompted the BBC to renew Doctor Who again. Tom Harper and Adrian O'Donnell confirmed that they would return to the show, as would Steven Moffat. Before the premier of the series finale, The Infinite Realm, actress Sarah Robinson confirmed that her character would not be returning for a new season. The ninth season of Doctor Who followed in the new year.
New TARDIS TeamEdit
After Series 7 ended in 2012, Matt Smith announced that he would not be returning as the Doctor in the new series. Although his regeneration is not covered on screen, its circumstances are later revealed in the book The Trial of the Doctor. This is the second time in the history of Doctor Who that the Doctor's regeneration has not appeared on screen.
Peter Capaldi was announced to be playing the new incarnation of the Doctor, and Adrian O'Donnell would portray the new companion Billy O'Hara. During a press meeting for the series Sarah Robinson was announced as "Isabella Cartwright", and the team also confirmed her position as a companion.
For the new Doctor and era, the TARDIS remains largely unchanged externally. It still appears as it always had, with a few minor changes to the exterior. The interior, as it changes with the Doctor, was largely inspired by that of the Doctor's Fourth, Seventh and Eighth incarnation's TARDIS consoles. It was described as "grandiose" and "Victorian" by Tom Harper, and several other rooms are also seen throughout the series.
The Doctor Who logo itself was changed too, though not too significantly. It still bears the initials of the show, with the title either side, and the usual vortex background, this time red in color. The theme song, once again composed by Murray Gold, was also largely inspired by the classic Doctor Who, and is ominous though modern.
- This series sees the revival of the Ice Warriors, Mara, White Guardian and Omega, as well as the return of the Daleks and the Vashta Nerada
- Steven Moffat wrote every episode for this season, although not without input from the other writers
- Although the regeneration of the Doctor is ambiguous in the television canon, it is revealed in the first of several books, The Trial of the Doctor how he died and when he regenerated.
The main story arc for season eight is the return of Omega, an old enemy of the Doctor and likely one of the last Time Lords, as well as the being the first.
In No Tricks "his return" is alluded by a defeated Grand Puppeteer, though the Doctor dismisses this.
The White Guardian later warns the Doctor that "he is rising, one will die", before sending the Doctor on a quest to find more answers. (Serpent's Tongue
Omega finally physically appears in the series finale, where he takes on a corporeal form and wreaks havoc on an unnamed planet in the far reaches of the universe. He plans to devour the universe in anti-matter, but when the Doctor intervenes he becomes more concerned with destroying him. He tries to use the Hand of Omega to kill the Doctor, but Isabella Cartwright sacrifices herself to save the Doctor. Omega is subsequently banished back to the anti-matter realm he calls home. (Into the Void/The Infinite Realm)
- Note: All episodes are written by Steven Moffat.
|1||In The Beginning||Steven Moffat||Adam Smith||Introduction of the new Doctor and Billy O'Hara as main companion, as well as introduction of the Charth|
|2||New Dublin||Steven Moffat||Andrew Gunn||Return of Daleks|
|3||No Tricks||Steven Moffat||Chris Chibnall|
|4&5||Pt. 1:Mars and Venus'|
Pt. 2:The Frozen Earth
|Steven Moffat||Andrew Gunn||Re-introduction in the new series of the Ice Warriors, and Isabella Cartwright as a secondary companion|
|6||Count the Shadows||Steven Moffat||Adam Smith||Return of the Vashta Nerada|
|7||The Doctor and the Demon||Steven Moffat||Chris Chibnall|
|8||Serpent's Tongue||Steven Moffat||Douglas Mackinnon||Return of the Mara and the White Guardian. First part of the White Guardian "Trilogy" of episodes|
|9||Phoenixfire||Steven Moffat||Douglas Mackinnon||Continuation on from Serpent's Tongue, part two of the White Guardian "Trilogy" of episodes|
|10||The Omens||Steven Moffat||Douglas Mackinnon||Continuation on from Phoenixfire, part three of the White Guardian "Trilogy" of episodes|
|11&12||Pt. 1:Into the Void|
Pt. 2:The Infinite Realm
|Steven Moffat||Steven Moffat||Return of Omega. Final appearance and death of Isabella Cartwright|
- General Victor Andende - Michael Shabu
- General Jagrax - Paul Gillan
- Delegate Vrangorz - Roger Christoff
- Dalek voices - Nicholas Briggs
- Patrick O'Hara - Frank Barrow
- Grand Puppeteer - Tim Curry
- The Caltaxi Coordinator - Peter Edwards
- Doctor Edward Bradley - Michael Sheffley
- Commander Izaryx - Dan Starkley
- Hive Father - Lewis Michael
- Michael Laurence - Paul Garrett
- Voice of Dagarothon - Anthony Elms
- The White Guardian - Edward Norton
- Jeffrey the Priest - Jonathan Gordis
- Professor Yaphen - Andresh Ansripali
- Omega - Julian Bleach
Several novels take place before, after and during the television series:
- The Trial of the Doctor
- Three Thousand and Eighty Four
- The Renegade Pirate
- King Arthur's Knight
- Odyssey 9
Aliens and enemies Edit
In keeping with the previous series arrangements there will be four volumes released onto DVD and Blu-ray as listed below:
Volume Four known collectively as the White Guardian trilogy