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Deep Breath 

When the newly-regenerated doctor arrives in Victorian London, he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions.


Ben Wheatley


Steven Moffat, Robert Holmes (characters: "Sontarans") | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Neve McIntosh ... Madame Vastra
Dan Starkey ... Strax
Catrin Stewart ... Jenny
Peter Ferdinando ... Half-Face Man
Paul Hickey ... Inspector Gregson
Tony Way ... Alf
Maggie Service Maggie Service ... Elsie
Mark Kempner Mark Kempner ... Cabbie
Brian Miller Brian Miller ... Barney
Graham Duff Graham Duff ... Waiter
Ellis George Ellis George ... Courtney
Peter Hannah ... Policeman
Paul Kasey ... Footman


The Doctor and Clara find themselves in London with Madam Vastra and the gang. There are clockwork men and the Doctor is still scrambling to find himself. Clara doesn't understand the regeneration process for the Doctor. Written by JD

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Release Date:

23 August 2014 (USA) See more »


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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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Did You Know?


During the read-through of the script for this episode, the cast and crew-members filled the room with laughter when Peter Capaldi reached the lines ridiculing his eyebrows. The read-through was also the first time that Capaldi and Jenna Coleman had worked together, as Capaldi had been secretly auditioned. See more »


Just after the T-Rex bursts into flames and the Doctor is heading towards the Thames, he falls from the roof and hangs from the branches. In the shot when the Doctor leaves, moments before Madame Vastra's carriage appears, no tree or tree branches are visible. See more »


Half-Face Man: Where is another one?
Clara: I don't know, but I know where he would be, where he will always be. If The Doctor is still The Doctor, he will at my back.
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Alternate Versions

While filmed and broadcast on TV in 1,78:1 aspect ratio, the episode was screened in theaters in 2,35:1 aspect ratio. See more »


Featured in Doctor Who Extra: Deep Breath (2014) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Deep in the Feels
23 August 2014 | by SpoodermanDerpSee all my reviews

Deep Breath stars the newly regenerated Doctor, Peter Capaldi. This episode will be important for the sole purpose of introducing us to him and evidently, there has been lots of change.

But did these changed work?

They worked remarkably.

Peter Capaldi not only brings new depths to the Doctor, but brings back Classic Doctor Who traits. He reminds me a lot of Tom Baker or sometimes Jon Pertwee. His rough attitude with his companions is quite new for those who haven't watched Classic Who, but fans from way back will love it. The New Doctor brings back the mysterious and serious Doctor which was proved to be shown in the episode. Attitudes and Traits aside, The New Doctor is fantastic and all the fan girls who still miss Tennant and Smith will love Capaldi in this episode. As for Clara, she has become more interesting beside Capaldi, as she misses Matt Smith's Doctor and has to cope with him from now on. But, NO. That episode fixes it with a heart warming ending which will touch the hearts of any Doctor Who fan new or old. Clara with Capaldi's Doctor is quite entertaining to watch Capaldi is like a Father Figure now to Clara just like the previous Doctors as they were to their previous companions. The Paternoster Gang were entertaining as well. The Villains for this episode were not the best, but for an episode centered on the new Doctor, I guess you could say, it was well done.

In the end, Capaldi is a serious, meaner and sometimes rude character. He will bring the Doctor in to new heights and will not be afraid to drop the bow tie and tie, the childishness and the looks. And did I mention how his Scottish accent was great in this episode?

With a Fantasitc Doctor, Entertaining moments with him and Clara, a heartwarming ending and an Overall great introduction to Peter Capaldi.

I'll be marking my calendar for the next episodes already.

Verdict: 8.9/10

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