August 23rd, 2014
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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.

It only feels like yesterday that Whovians around the world were gathered for the reveal of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, and in true Doctor Who fashion, time really has flown because his first full-length adventure has just premiered on our screens. Aaaand breathe…

When Matt Smith handed over his keys to the TARDIS last Christmas, we were left with unanswered questions about memory less and kidneys as the TARDIS braced itself for a crash landing. Today we discovered that it ended up in Victorian London (of all places!), where there just so happened to be a dinosaur running rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions – just another day in the office for our Time Lord, then!

There was to be no rest for the wicked as the Doctor found himself caught up in the middle of an alien conspiracy (we know, that’s so unlike him…), but luckily he had his best friend Clara Oswald to lend a helping hand. While the impossible girl tried to get to grips with the new Doctor, Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax also returned to aid our heroes as a half-faced terror lurked in the shadows. But what did YOU think of the feature-length premiere?

It was out with the old and in with the new and if you’re looking for somewhere to spill all your thoughts and feelings, you’ve come to the right place! Head to the comments below to discuss tonight’s episode and keep refreshing to stay on top of the conversation. There’s lots to be said about Deep Breathe and only one place to say it… So happy discussing, folks!

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments if you haven’t seen Deep Breath. You have been warned!

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August 26th, 2014
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Doctor Who continues to break records on BBC America with Deep Breath becoming the channel’s most watched season premiere to date.

The feature-length episode, which was the first full adventure to star Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, was watched by a total audience of 2.58 million in the US.

Doctor Who was the highest rated cable show during its broadcast and it was also the most talked about programme across US social media sites.

Meanwhile, 408,000 people tuned in for ‘After Who Live’ which aired after the premiere.

Ready to take another Deep Breath? Click here to discuss the Series 8 premiere…

August 25th, 2014
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The start of a new series of Doctor Who means the start of a new story arc and Steven Moffat wasted no time bringing this year’s mystery to the forefront of Whovian conversation.

At the end of Saturday’s Series 8 premiere Deep Breath we were introduced to Michelle Gomez as ‘Missy’, who we know from a previous BBC announcement is “the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere”… whatever that means!

Not much is known about the enigmatic character, or perhaps more importantly, her relationship with the Doctor, thus far, but we thought we’d open this discussion for you to share any initial thoughts and theories.

The comments below will remain open throughout the course of the series so don’t forget to keep checking back to discuss the latest developments. Please note that the comments won’t be monitored for spoilers and also please only discuss broadcast episodes.

Whovians love to chat – click HERE to rate & discuss the latest Series 8 episode!

August 24th, 2014
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A peak of 7 million people tuned in for Deep Breath last night and it seems that every single one of them has got something to say about the arrival of the Twelfth Doctor. Here’s our round up of some of the reactions so far!

The press (links may contain spoilers)

The Guardian have kick started the proceedings by saying that Peter’s debut provided fans with “everything we could have hoped for” and the Telegraph agreed that our new Doctor “crackled with fierce intelligence and nervous energy”.

Elsewhere, the Independent drew attention to the episode’s “dazzling” cinematography which they add was complemented by Ben Wheatley’s “superb direction”, while the Metro described the feature-length premiere as “an assured debut which reset the show with a distinctly darker tone”. They are full of praise for the Time Lord’s “terrific comic timing” over at the Express, however the positive vibes aren’t shared by Entertainment Weekly who have suggested that “parts of the premiere were snoozy”. “Capaldi is brilliant” according to the Radio Times, though, and the Mirror have summarised: “If you watched Deep Breath and you don’t want to watch the rest of Series 8, then there truly is something wrong with you. Indeed, you may need help from a Doctor…”.

The fans

As soon as the end credits rolled, the internet was ablaze with comments from fans who were eager to add their verdicts to the tidal wave of reactions. @StephanieN98 tweeted us to say that Deep Breath was “a great start to the new Doctor” and her sentiments were shared by @CharLeach24x who revealed: “Peter Capaldi was as fabulous as I expected him to be”. Meanwhile, @smokes_dagen got in touch to let us know that he’d already become “enthralled with Capaldi’s Doctor”.

And the conversation continued in our episode discussion as Joshrr described it as “one of the best season premieres in the show’s history”. Maisie Moore was less impressed, comparing her viewing experience to “like watching tome travelling paint dry”…

Thanks everyone for your views! Keep ‘em coming in the comments or tweet us @WhovianNet.

August 24th, 2014
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Deep Breath was watched by an audience of 6.8 million viewers on BBC One last night, according to the overnight figures.

The feature-length Series 8 premiere, which was the first full adventure to star Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, had a 32.5% share of the total television audience making Doctor Who the most watched programme of the night.

The audience share reached a peak of 7 million.

August 23rd, 2014
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The new Doctor’s feet have barely touched the ground but he’s already hurtling towards his next adventure!

After tonight’s feature-length series premiere (which you can discuss right here!), it’s full steam ahead as we prepare to journey Into the Dalek

And if you hadn’t guessed from the title, next week’s episode features the return of one of his most iconic adversaries as he finds himself confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever. No pressure, then!

It airs on BBC One on Saturday 30th August at 7:30pm and you can see the trailers below!

Next Time Trailer:

TV Trailer:

New series, new Doctor, new adventures. Click here for the latest on Series 8!

August 23rd, 2014
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With just hours to go until the new Doctor lands, the BBC has released a few last minute teasers for tonight’s long awaited Series 8 premiere.

In a special introduction video, which you can watch here, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat reveal what lies ahead for our heroes as they prepare to take on a rampant dinosaur in Victorian London.

Meanwhile, a new preview clip from Deep Breath has surfaced online too – check it out below!

Deep Breath airs on BBC One tonight at 7:50pm. Join our episode discussion from 9:10pm.

August 23rd, 2014
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It’s Saturday 23rd August which means The Day of the New Doctor has officially dawned!

After months of speculation, anticipation and Whovian self combustion, it’s almost time for a new era to begin as Peter Capaldi prepares to step up to the coveted Time Lord duties for the first time in his debut adventure Deep Breath, which finally graces our screens later tonight.

The moment has well and truly been prepared for with one of the biggest promotional campaigns in the show’s history.

Over the last fortnight the cast have been travelling around the globe meeting fans as part of their whistle-stop World Tour. Collectively they’ve travelled over 35,000 miles with more than 11,000 fans being treated to a special screening of the Series 8 premiere. Back home we’ve had the traditional teasers, trailers and previews and the Doctor’s return was even scheduled on the arrivals board at at Stansted Airport. It’s no big deal, honestly…

It’s no exaggeration to say that the whole world has been waiting for this moment with baited breath and we’ll be discussing all of tonight’s festivities straight after the main event so join us right here from 9:10pm to discuss the new Doctor and share in the journey with your fellow fans. The Twelfth Doctor has landed and it’s about time we all got to know him!

New series, new Doctor, new adventures. Click here for the latest on Series 8!

August 22nd, 2014
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On the eve of Peter Capaldi’s first full-length adventure as the Twelfth Doctor, join us for a Flashback Friday as we relive his debut scene in last year’s 50th anniversary special

In the climactic moments of The Day of the Doctor, the Time War was raging and the Doctors faced their greatest challenge yet as they united to save Gallifrey from the grasp of the Daleks.

Luckily Matt Smith’s Doctor had his previous incarnations to lend a hand (11 pairs of them, to be precise!) but the nation gasped as someone else made an unannounced appearance at the party – just over a month before his expected arrival in the Christmas Special! Better early than late, right?

Of course this isn’t the first time Peter has popped up in the series as in 2008 he portrayed Caecilius in the Series 4 episode The Fires of Pompeii. We’ve been told that his striking resemblance to our new Doctor “is certainly addressed” in the new series. Clone? Long lost twin? Only time will tell…

The feature-length Series 8 premiere Deep Breath airs tomorrow at 7:50pm on BBC One.

August 22nd, 2014
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Jenna Coleman has had a busy old day. Upon her return from the Doctor Who World Tour she was slap bang in the middle of London for a surprise photocall on Parliament Square before an appearance on ITV’s This Morning.

The actress popped into the studios to discuss the new series and revealed some interesting tidbits about the 12th Doctor.

“He doesn’t really register the fact that Clara’s a girl, so he’s much more alien and removed,” she said. ‘He’s a lot harder to get on with. He’s a control freak who is out of control.”

She also addressed the recent tabloid speculation which suggested she will be leaving the series at Christmas. She admitted: “I quite like these rumours. The truth is, I don’t want to tell you. People can watch it not knowing if I’m in it or not, which makes it more exciting…”

The feature-length Series 8 premiere Deep Breath airs tomorrow at 7:50pm on BBC One.

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